Analysis: Steaminess Rating
Exactly how steamy is this story?
We know the characters are having sex – there are babies being born and prostitution going on and whatnot – but we don't get descriptions of any of it. After all, this book isn't supposed to be exciting in that way; it's intended to arouse your pity for the tragic lives of the American poor. We're giving it a PG for mature themes, but there's nothing here that would make your grandmother blush (though the scenes in the meatpacking plant might make her puke).