Paul has been on his own since he was a teenager. He has hunted for food in Alaska, fought forest fires, been deputized in a manhunt for a kidnapper in South Dakota. Once he thought his life would have no particular rhyme nor reason, touched only by transient strangers. Then he met the beautiful, intelligent, loving Kate and her daughter, Ruby, who offered order and stability. But Paul is a man of deep convictions, and the compromises we all make to get along in the world elude him.
On his way home after getting fired from his job remodeling a luxurious Manhattan apartment, Paul stops off at a camp grounds along the highway to gather his thoughts. Instead of peace, he finds a man savagely beating his dog, forcing Paul to make a fateful decision that will change everything.
With the psychologically acuity and razor-sharp prose for which he has been celebrated, award-winning, bestselling novelist Scott Spencer once again takes us on an unforgettable journey of manhood lost and found.
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"Starred Review. The depth of the characters, the questions they ask and the challenge they confront stay with the reader long after the conclusion." - Kirkus
"Spencer, a deft explorer of obsessive love and violence, confronts the consequences of doing wrong for all the right reasons in his exquisite latest." - Publishers Weekly
"Starred Review. Spencer, a master of piercing insight and letter-perfect prose, tantalizes to the last climactic sentence of this compelling exploration of the wages of guilt." - Booklist
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Scott Spencer is the author of nine previous novels, including Endless Love, which has been translated into fourteen languages and has sold more than two million copies. His other novels include The Rich Man's Tale, Men in Black, A Ship Made of Paper, and Waking the Dead, which was made into a movie produced by Jody Foster starring Jennifer Connelly and Billy Crudup. He has written for Rolling Stone, the New York Times, The New Yorker, GQ, and Harper's, and has taught fiction writing at Columbia University, the University of Iowa, and Williams College. He lives in Rhinebeck, New York.
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