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"This is just a beautifully written book. Barr-Toman's writing is understated and quiet (like Lucy), but she tells an engaging, suspenseful story about a belated coming-of age that I couldn't wait to finish. ''

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Lucy Pescitelli is a virgin pushing 30, working part-time at a funeral home and still living with her mother Marge.  A woman so domineering that she forces Lucy to help her commit suicide by following step-by-step instructions as if they were a recipe for deviled eggs. Now, Lucy is on her own for the first time.

The social mores of Jane Austen meet the city streets of Rocky Balboa as Lucy must negotiate a world of rigid expectations, entertain a cast of comical characters, and decide whom to marry or not in the still tradition-bound South Philadelphia of the early 1990s.

Click here to read Chapter One of When Love Was Clean Underwear in the Summer Issue of Philadelphia Stories.


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