Synopses & Reviews
Perry Lafond, approaching forty, knows he's had a decent life with his attractive, longtime wife, Marcia. But he's come to the point where he is not sure that he can continue on. In the meantime, there's the question of children. His wife, battling infertility, is obsessed with the idea of having a baby. Perry wants a child too--maybe. Suddenly, he can't keep his mind off other women. In his job as a probation officer he becomes recklessly infatuated with the pretty, beleaguered wife of a parolee who has a young child. Perry's own confusion endangers this child as well as a nephew under his care. Always unflinchingly honest, Jack Driscoll tracks a man's headlong--and just possibly redemptive--leap into chaos.
When his marriage starts to fail, a probation officer becomes recklessly infatuated with the pretty, beleaguered wife of a parolee who has a young child. His own confusion endangers them, as well as a nephew under his care, in this novel of a man's headlong--and just possibly redemptive--leap into chaos.
Nominating for the Pushcart Editors' Book Award, Rick Bass called it "one of the best novels I've read all year--an incredible story, not of high drama but rather of a marriage, of all things."
About the Author
Jack Driscoll is the author of Waiting Only to Be Heard, winner of the PEN/Nelson Algren Short Fiction Award, and is also a poet. He lives in northern Michigan with his wife and teaches at the Interlochen Center for the Arts.