From Library Journal
Klass, a pediatrician and author of nonfiction as well as novels, has gathered 11 sparkling short stories sharing the theme of domestic life. The mothers are generally practical, scientific types struggling with the messy reality of mixing children and work. Three of the stories were O. Henry award winners, and there isn't a clunker in the bunch. Among the best is "The Trouble with Sophie," in which the tall, thin, dark parents of rambunctious golden-haired Sophie are sent reeling when the teacher at her carefully selected private kindergarten suggests therapy for their emotionally disturbed daughter. In another fine story, "Freedom Fighter," a very pregnant doctor and mother of two sets off on an escape weekend to Maine with a college friend whose one son is grown. Very, very good work. Ann H. Fisher, Radford P.L., VA
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Most of these enjoyable stories concern young couples, families, and either fetuses or babies involved in relationships that Klass presents sympathetically and realistically. Many characters work in professional or academic fields that Klass has already skillfully portrayed. In "Necessary Risks," for example, Caroline is an anesthesiologist faced with two weeks at home with her four-year-old, Emilie, while husband Steve, a mathematician, and son Gary head off to two weeks at a dude ranch. Emilie, a bundle of energy, sings and creates confusion while Caroline tries to think through some of her case plans. But the results of her efforts are often best indicated by her exasperated comment, "Every damn morning is some version of this." This is all perfectly normal, but it is neatly thought out and written. So is "Exact Change," in which group medical practice coordinator Elaine ruminates, convincing us that we know someone just like her. All 11 stories are good reading. William BeattyCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved