American Circumstance

Anniversary Edition

  • Authors
  • Patricia Leavy

Part of the Social Fictions Series book series (SFS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Part One

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Patricia Leavy
      Pages 3-10
    3. Patricia Leavy
      Pages 11-17
    4. Patricia Leavy
      Pages 19-43
    5. Patricia Leavy
      Pages 45-65
  3. Part Two

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-67
    2. Patricia Leavy
      Pages 69-76
    3. Patricia Leavy
      Pages 77-92
    4. Patricia Leavy
      Pages 93-104
  4. Part Three

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. Patricia Leavy
      Pages 107-122
    3. Patricia Leavy
      Pages 123-137
    4. Patricia Leavy
      Pages 139-144
    5. Patricia Leavy
      Pages 145-147
    6. Patricia Leavy
      Pages 149-161
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 163-165

About this book


This is a novel about appearance versus reality – how our lives and relationships appear to others versus how they are experienced, and the complex ways that social class shapes identity, relationships, and the codes of friendship. American Circumstance also provides a window into the replication of wealth, power, and privilege. The novel can be used as supplemental reading in courses across the disciplines that deal with gender, social class, inequality, power, family systems, relational communication, intimate relationships, identity, American culture, narrative or creative writing. It can also be read in book clubs or entirely for pleasure. 

“American Circumstance is wonderful! The characters and story invite you into a world that is both familiar and unfamiliar. Highly recommended!!” – Carl Leggo, Ph.D., University of British Columbia

“American Circumstance kept me up! I wanted to see how the characters’ lives untangled. I loved how Leavy challenged my cultural assumptions. Students will have a lot to talk about as they discover the 'sociology of everyday life' embedded in the fiction.” – Laurel Richardson, Ph.D., The Ohio State University

“The characters were so compelling that I couldn’t stop reading … a great beach read, or class text.” – U. Melissa Anyiwo, Ph.D., Curry College

“Leavy writes in an engaging way that helps you ask important questions about class issues in America. This story keeps you interested and wondering why women make the choices they do.” – Margaret A. Robbins, The Journal of Language & Literacy Education

“American Circumstance is one of my favorite texts to assign to my sociology students.” – Cheryl Llewellyn, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Lowell

Patricia Leavy, Ph.D., is an award-winning independent sociologist and best-selling author.


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Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information SensePublishers-Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2016
  • Publisher Name SensePublishers, Rotterdam
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Online ISBN 978-94-6300-576-0
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
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