Crimes of the Heart
Babe is the youngest of the three. Babe married when she was still very young. She married an older, wealthy lawyer when she was eighteen. Babe’s marriage was a way for her to get some kind of security and feel wanted. She also falls easily for men/ boys that pay her any kind of attention. She has an affair with a fifteen year old black boy. Babes tells Meg that she had an affair with Willie Jay because she was lonely. Babe is afraid to be alone. Unlike her older sisters, Babe doesn’t try to band-aid the events of her life. She keeps a scrapbook with both good and bad memories. She wants to be able to look back and know that this stuff really happened. When Lenny asks her why she keeps a book of such things Babe responds, “I Just like to keep an accurate record.”
Babe’s imprisonment turns out to be a blessing in disguise. It helps to bring the sisters together. The sisters use each other to get past their troubled youth. They realized that only siblings can truly relate to how things really went at home. There is nothing to hide because they also know the truth.
The big reunion helps Lenny realize that she does deserve to have a life of her own. She is not responsible for what her mother did. She is not a bad person and she deserves to have happiness in her life just as much as anyone. She finally gets the nerve to put cousin Chickie in her place. She sticks up for her sisters because she