The main character, Rachel Block, a young Jewish woman has graduated from college and to the delight of her parents, decided to go to rabbinical school. She ends up dropping out because of the death of a patient she was trying to comfort. Rachel gets a job tending bar in her old neighborhood while she tries to decide what to do with her life. She is a good girl trying on a new role.
Rachel gets invited to a cast party by a friend in the theater world and meets Hank Powell. He is a well known screenwriter and Rachel has seen his films and read his books. While having dinner with her family, she tells us that she feels like their “drug of choice”. Rachel begins having an affair with Powell. Powell is a bit bitter towards women. Rachel can't see this because she hasn't has much experience dating and she is also distracted by trying to figure out if her father is having an affair, then who he is having the affair with and of course, takes it upon herself to get her dad to go back to her mom.
Hank is a Gentile and Rachel tries to decide what to do with her relationship with Hank (sexually and emotionally) and where she fits in with her parents.
This report prepared by Jody T. Bixby