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A woman, known to the audience only as L'il Bit, tells a story of her complicated relationship with her uncle. Uncle Peck taught Li'l Bit to drive, as well as a few other things. [[WordOfGod According to the playwright,]] Paula Vogel, ''How I Learned to Drive'' is "a play about the gifts we receive from the people who hurt us" -- and about control and manipulation. It is possibly the most heartbreaking play about pedophilia and incest you'll ever read or see.

It won the UsefulNotes/PulitzerPrize in 1998 and was revived Off Broadway in 2012.

!! How I Learned to Trope:

%%* TheAlcoholic
* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: As well as grandparents. Li'l Bit's breasts are a regular dinner topic.
%%* ComingOfAgeStory
* CreepyUncle
* DCupDistress: L'il Bit compares her emerging boobs to parasitic aliens who have latched on to her.
* EmbarrassingNickname: Li'l Bit, Uncle Peck, and many other members of the family are given nicknames that refer to their genitals.
* FilleFatale: Averted, though Li'l Bit is accused of being one by her uncle's wife.
%%* FreudianExcuse: Hinted at.
%%* GrowingUpSucks
* NotBloodSiblings: Peck married into Li'l Bit's family. But still.
* OffTheWagon: [[spoiler: After Li'l Bit rejects him, Uncle Peck eventually drinks himself to death.]]
%%* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname
* SympathyForTheDevil: Though immoral behavior is not presented as being moral.
* ThanksForTheMammary: A middle school classmate fakes an allergic reaction, and when Li'l Bit asks what he's allergic to, he grabs a handful and yells, "foam rubber!"
* UmbrellaDrink: Lampshaded, in a way: Li'l Bit is strenuously warned against ordering one of these.