After several people encouraged me to read the red tent, I finally gave up searching for it in used bookstores and bought it full price (I dislike being limited in the amount of time i have to read something, and the number of times I can read it...avoid libraries except for academic research). I couldn't put it down! My roommate saw me start reading it and asked if I was going to finish it that night. I told her "probably." Well, I actually finished it the next day. The women in the book weave their own lives so separately from their men, it's fantastic!
We are, of course, now living in what George W. Bush has called the "era of personal responsibility": if a child chooses to have parents who can't afford health care, that child will have to accept the consequences.