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This is Just Exactly Like You by Drew Perry
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Jul 01, 2010

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Autism, mulch, giant putt-putt golf course figures, chainsaws and unintentional partner-swapping (in the "it just sort of happened" way). Parenting challenges, relationship challenges, business challenges. Frustrated academics, fulfilled academics. Excellent dialogue and slightly off-beat, unpredictable plot of going around in circles. Who doesn't need a backyard tricycle racetrack in their identical home across the street?

A few bits:
"He puts Hendrick in the papoose carrier and leashes up Yul Brynner and walks them both around the neighborhood, explaining what he knows to Hendrick, suburban sprawl and watersheds and cul-de-sacs and bridges and why kitchens in postwar homes are so tiny, how we thought we'd never cook again, how everything would come frozen, how we had defeated food."(109)

"Their friends who were pregnant looked frightened. The ones who already had kids looked like something had run them over, backed up, hit them again."(157)

"Wrap that motherfucker up. This has been a public service announcement. Wrap up your peckers out there, germs and gents. Do not get warts on your dicks."(214)

"White guys in yellow in blue slickers stand in the rain and talk about how there's really not that much damage. They use phrases like dodged a bullet and Mother Nature's wrath and agricultural concerns. A woman looks into the camera and tells everybody watching at home not to drive into standing water, not to drown. She says that. Do not drown." (225)
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