September 8, 2011

The Beginners

The Beginners
Rebecca Wolff


(September 8, 2011)

The Globe’s book page loved this coming-of-age story, in which two strangers come to town and change everything. In this case, the town is a Western Massachusetts hamlet where the past is not deeply buried. The residents are well aware of Peter Straub and Stephen King and they know all about those Fried Green Tomatoes. This tale veers in directions that are just about as interesting as can be, given that this is a story of the sexual awakening of a girl who lacks desire and who has no particular interest in waking.