Greg Goodman is a very ordinary guy—a not very ambitious schooteacher and football coach who takes his attractive wife, Patty, their twin adolescent daughters, and the comfortable ease of their suburban routine for granted. Until lightning strikes—both literally and figuratively—as Greg runs a pattern with his junior varsity team during a muggy August practice and fifteen-year-old Timothy Phelps is struck directly. The crisis threatens to unravel all the strands anchoring Greg to his normal habits of being. When Timothy Phelps’s mother, a stripper and addict who abandoned him as a child, enters the mix, Greg discovers his own complicated and misguided longings.
Suzanne gives an overview of the book:
Originally from Portland, Oregon, Suzanne Matson now lives in Newton, Massachusetts with her husband and three sons and teaches creative writing and literature at Boston College. She received a BA in English from Portland State University in 1981, an MA in...