(from p. 13 of the novel)

      I like to think of myself as a nineties kind of guy. Since I'm four inches short of the six-foot masculine ideal, I've never been tempted to strut around like Dr. Burke and his macho friends. My greatest claim to masculine vigor is my thick black hair, inherited from my mom and dad who are both second generation Italian. A well-timed smile will often earn me a second glance from certain types of girls. Some find me charming, and don't seem to notice that my teeth aren't perfectly straight.

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