Hollis Clayton is in trouble. Still haunted by the death of his young son two years earlier, stalled in his writing career and over fond of the bottle, he finds himself abandoned by his wife for the summer. And if he doesn't shape up, he will lose her for good. But without his emotional anchor, Hollis continues to unravel. Besides, he's busy spying on the new neighbors and sharing his meals with a stray dog. When is he going to find the time or energy to get his life back on track? Here, in the daily rhythms of Hollis's disintegrating life, lies an evisceratingly comic portrait of suburban despair. With this deeply affecting tale of grief and renewal, a young writer makes a striking debut.
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