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April's father, a psychology professor, has had a breakdown and has landed in the Alta Vista State Hospital. Her stepmother, Claire, is just waiting for him to get out so she can leave on a trip to Italy - a trip April is worried Claire won't come back from. She needs Claire, at least until she finishes high school. She needs her not just as a companion but as a worldly woman who can tell April about men and their desires…men far different from her boyfriend, Stuart.

©1996 Tobias Wolff (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Weird and boring

These are going downhill for me. April's stepmother Claire tells her about sex after they visit her dad in a mental hospital where he has a breakdown. The story has no ending at all. It was stupid and I don't think Tobias Wolff should write about women and virginity because it didn't come across as real. It also should have been read by a woman, not a man- it was like hearing a grandpa or uncle read me a story about sex, yuck.

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Mother daughter foibles

Tobias Wolff delights in surprising readers with many details that eventually lead to some kind of new understanding of oneself. I love it.

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