A man introduces his new lady friend to his family— a lifesize doll. Lars is a quiet, kind guy, although admittedly, he is very eccentric. He lives with his brother and sister-in-law, who are worried about him not socially interacting with others. When Lars announces that he's met someone, his family is ecstatic, only to be shocked to find out that the girl is actually a lifesize rubber doll Lars calls Bianca. His brother Gus is convinced that Lars has totally broken down, so they take him to a therapist. The therapist urges Lars' family to just go with it, and to pretend that Bianca is a real girl. This will help Lars to open up. Soon, the whole town is in on the joke, treating Bianca like a real person, in turn, helping Lars interact with real people. One such person is Margo, a girl he starts to like. He eventually has Bianca admitted to a hospital claiming that she's sick, and she therefore "dies." Lars and the town mourn, but soon Lars begins to take the next step to living a more normal life, starting with asking Margo out for a walk.
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Best part of story, including ending:
It's a quaint notion that a whole town would go along with such a ludicrous idea just for the sake of one guy they aren't personally close to.
Best scene in story:
When the townsfolk would include Bianca in their activities.
Opinion about the main character:
I would really want to know what made Lars that messed up.