A riveting second novel by Will Allison, author of the acclaimed What You Have Left. A happily married suburban father makes a mistake that results in a teenager’s death and sends his own life into a devastating tailspin. Written as a confessional letter, the book is a fascinating and moving cautionary tale that explores the moral ambiguities of personal responsibility as it chronicles a father’s desperate attempt to explain himself to his daughter—even though he knows that in doing so, he risks losing her forever.
This book was a very intriguing read. I couldn’t put it down.
Every day, we are all called upon to make split decisions in our lives. For the most part, our decisions are pretty good. However, every now and then there is that decision that you regret. And it will keep eating at you until you are raw with pain.
This is exactly what happened to Glen Bauer. He had a rough day. Things just weren’t going right for him. Finally, he had enough when there was a young man recklessly driving in his neighborhood. He jerked the wheel of his car just enough to hopefully scare him. Instead, he caused the young man to crash.
Since Glen and his 6 year old daughter were the only ones to see the crash, he decides to hide the truth from the police. I guess you could call that bad mistake number 2.
Usually when we make one bad decision and then we try to dig ourselves out, we tend to make more bad decisions right afterwards.
This book is told from Glen’s perspective. It shows how he is trying to deal the best he can with his poor lack of judgment. Part of the story is told through letters to his daughter.
I really loved the way that Will Allison weaved this story together. I plan on going back and reading other works by him since I enjoyed this one so much.
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