For young Miller Le Ray, life has become a search: a search
for his dad, who may or may not have joined the army and gone to Iraq; a search
for a notorious (and, unfortunately, deceased) writer, Frederick Exley, who may
hold the key to bringing Miller’s father back; and most of all, a search for
truth. For Miller’s therapist, Dr. Pahnee, his patient is an increasingly baffling conundrum, a dedicated truth-teller who hasn’t a clue as to the difference between fact and fiction. Hired by Miller’s very concerned—and extremely attractive—mother, Dr. Pahnee soon finds himself becoming undone, in part by his effort to understand what has really happened to the Le Ray family and in part by his increasing feelings of affection for this woman, who may or may not be a widow.
In Brock Clarke’s smart, spirited novel about the differences between what we believe to be real and what is in fact real, we encounter a world that is both familiar and strangely disorienting, thought-provoking and wildly entertaining.
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