Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her


THINGS YOU CAN TELL JUST BY LOOKING AT HER tells the stories of several women in Los Angeles who search for love without much luck.

Dr. Elaine Miller spends her day at home looking after her aging mother and waiting for a phone call that will not come. She has a schoolgirl's infatuation with a colleague and makes an appointment with a card reader whom she hopes will advise her on the path to follow.

Rose, a divorced mother and an aspiring writer of children's books, suddenly discovers that her 15-year-old son, Jay, has an active sex life. Rose is also surprised to hear from Jay that their new neighbor Albert, a dwarf, could be the man she's been waiting for.

Rebecca, a bank manager, is the lover of a married man. In her early forties and pregnant for the first time, Rebecca learns, perhaps too late, that you don't have to be stupid to live your life stupidly.

Terminally ill, Lilly spends the last days of her life with her lover Christine. Lilly is obsessed with Vicky, a friend who is openly taken with Christine and who may be waiting in the wings.

Carol, a blind Braille teacher, lives with her older sister Kathy, a police detective. Carol is a voracious lover who cannot find a man she can respect. Kathy is less ambitious and more fortunate. Together they speculate about the motives of Carmen, a woman who may have killed herself over a man.

These stories of the women remind us that in the loneliest hunt of all, anyone—man or woman—is often their own worst enemy.

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