Attempting to avoid the draft and the inevitable tour of duty in Viet Nam, a reluctant, newly appointed teacher, struggles to keep his first classroom assignment as he grapples with his disruptive group of “special needs” students under the watchful eye of the administration.
Hel’s Kitchen, set in The Bronx of 1961, is a watershed weekend in the life of a young woman. Helen, the eighteen-year-old, sewer-mouthed fat girl, along with her friends Vinny (the stud), Stanley (the brain) and Fern, a student of beauty culture, are not quite prepared to leave their teenage years behind them. They discover that their relationships to one another must be re-defined in order for them to survive as a group and emerge as individuals. Helen has always used her clique to insulate herself from life but now that everyone seems to be going their separate ways, she recognizes that she has been standing still while the rest of the world has been passing her by.