To my surprise, neither social workers nor psychiatrists fare anywhere near as well in Shrink Rap. For reasons you the author may or not be aware of, you treat social workers as trivial items basically to be discarded. The one social worker who appears in the book is a friend of the main character, Sunny Randall, who herself is a divorced woman in her mid-thirties who is living with her dog, Rosie. The social worker, Julie—who apparently doesn't warrant a last name—is also divorced. She, however, has children who live with her ex-husband, while she lives in a one-bedroom condominium in Cambridge and walks to her office near Harvard Square to "do psychological counseling." The first time she appears in the novel, she puts herself down, saying, "I'm an MSW. Psychiatrists don't mingle with me." The second time Julie appears in the book, Sunny tells her "You're only an MSW." The significance of the fact that the social worker's only two appearances occur in restaurants, one called Cuchi Cuchi and the other called Biba, and that on both occasions she and Sunny are drinking, is beyond my comprehension. Perhaps, Mr. Parker, you could enlighten me.