Denise P. Donavin

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An unlikely encounter between a used-car dealer and an expectant, unsettled, and distressed teenage couple sets off a chain of not-unforeseeable events. Klein's treatment of these troubled, searching individuals [in The Swap ] is direct, poignant, and effective…. While the focus is on the dilemma of the teens, Klein's development...

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An unlikely encounter between a used-car dealer and an expectant, unsettled, and distressed teenage couple sets off a chain of not-unforeseeable events. Klein's treatment of these troubled, searching individuals [in The Swap] is direct, poignant, and effective…. While the focus is on the dilemma of the teens, Klein's development of her adult characters—especially the car dealer, Misha Edelman, who is in a quandary over the recent death of his wife, son, and grandson—gives an extra dimension to the story of a too-young mother trapped in an unworkable marriage.

Denise P. Donavin, in a review of "The Swap," in Booklist, Vol. 79, No. 22, August, 1983, p. 1448.

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