Richard Novak is a modern-day Everyman, a middle-aged divorcé trading stocks out of his home. He has done such a good job getting his life under control that he needs no one—except his trainer, nutritionist, and housekeeper. He is functionally dead and doesn't even notice until two... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Richard Novak is a modern-day Everyman, a middle-aged divorcé trading stocks out of his home. He has done such a good job getting his life under control that he needs no one—except his trainer, nutritionist, and housekeeper. He is functionally dead and doesn't even notice until two incidents—an attack of intense pain that lands him in the emergency room, and the discovery of an expanding sinkhole outside his house—conspire to hurl him back into the world. On his way home from the hospital, Richard forms the first of many new relationships: He meets Anhil, the doughnut shop owner, an immigrant who dreams big. He finds a weeping housewife in the produce section of the supermarket, helps save a horse that has fallen into the sinkhole, daringly rescues a woman from the trunk of her kidnapper's car, and, after the sinkhole claims his house and he has to relocate to a Malibu rental, he befriends a reluctant counterculture icon. In the end, Richard is also brought back in closer touch with his family—his aging parents, his brilliant brother, the beloved ex-wife whom he still desires, and finally, before the story's breathtaking finale, with his estranged son Ben.
“Everyone wants attention, but no one wants to give attention.”Anhil
“We live in a time when no one wants to remember. We pretend we are where it starts. Look at the way we live—we build houses on cliffs, on fault lines, in the path of things, and when something happens, we don’t learn history, we build it again, right on the same spot, bigger, better.” Nic pours. “Fall-out accumulates. What we’ve got now is a blend of fact and fiction that we’re agreeing to call reality.”Highlighted by 5 Kindle customers
“Why not?” “You’d die.” Lusardi sits at his desk. “You don’t know how to feel—or, more accurately, what toHighlighted by 3 Kindle customers
And although there is a great and likely unbridgeable divide between the three of them, there is also a sense they are together, there for each other as much as they can bear to be, and though it might not be the fullness that one wants, and though it might not be enough, it is something, it is more than nothing.Highlighted by 3 Kindle customers
“In America everybody is somebody. They have so much and they all want more. In my country we are all nobodies; it’s easier.Highlighted by 3 Kindle customers
a hundred percent serious. Make the mental physical, and the physical mental, and things will improve. I can’t make you feel better. It’s not within my power.”Highlighted by 3 Kindle customers
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