Average Waves in Unprotected Waters

by Anne Tyler

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What is the purpose of Bet and Arnold's trip? Where are they going?

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Bet is taking Arnold to the Parkinsville State Hospital where he will be committed. Bet feels she can no longer take care of him now that he's nine. She's unable to control his behavior, and he's becoming too big and strong for her to be able to handle him when he has an outburst.

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