For those of us who lived in this time period of the Sixties and Seventies, these stories will bring back many memories. It was a different world with much restraints on behavior between men and women. Frank’s style is intriguing and brings you right into the personalities. A book well worth reading.
From Frank by way of explaining the stories.
While each story has separate characters they are linked by the theme that each story exposes the main character to the first time they experience an event participated in by all. The stories include anticipation of the happiness they expect; the dismay and wonder they feel during t…he event; and the surprising ending.
The collection starts with:
“Passages South” – male college students in search of excitement on a trip to Florida during spring break;
“My First Four Days in Sorrento” – romance by a mature American man, and an Italian woman, that perplexes his children;
Two college freshmen who meet and start a romance in “My First Psych Class”, taught by professors behaving strangely, who appear in need of counseling;
“My First Car” – purchased from a Mafia – connected used car salesman
“My First July 4 Rehoboth Beach Weekend” – parties and misguided fireworks;
“Steve’s First Woman” – self-explanatory;
“The Romance Life Cycle” – danger, danger do not eat yourself out of love;
“Santa Claus Stories ” – why do parents lie to their children;
“The Last Ski Trip” – two friends offer to introduce a recently divorced man to the single life at Sugarbush, VT, illustrating the validity of the theory of unforeseen consequences.
The last story, “My Trip Alone”, relates the bittersweet recollection of a widower who adjusts to his wife’s death two years earlier by revisiting their favorite fall trip to see the autumn foliage in the mountains of West Virginia.