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Nineteen-year-old Virginia is married to a man who seems to have forgotten she exists. Although she has a daughter she adores, Virginia's life is not turning out the way she thought it would. When her husband, Buddy isn't at work, he's usually hanging out with his high school sweetheart, Irene.
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Virginia is very superstitious; this, combined with the funny and endearing way she sees the world, makes her an immensely likable (if a bit ridiculous) protagonist. She's funny in the way your mother or grandmother is funny--she has no idea what you think is so funny.

This is a fun little book, and one that will stay with you.
The review of this Book prepared by Lisa West

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   upbeat Time/era of story    -   1960's-1970's Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Family, struggle with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Husband Family, loving relations    -   Yes Special relationship with    -   daughter Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   vague finding self/purpose in life (i.e. no plot to book) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes Woman's story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   slaver


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Ice Caps/Sea?    -   Yes Where?    -   Ocean Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only Amount of dialog    -   little dialog

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