Pushcart Prize nominee Dave King delivers a moving novel that explores the nature of family. Wounded in Vietnam, Howard Kapostash is unable to speak, read, or write, although his intelligence is normal. Now middle-aged, he lives a lonely existence. But then his former high school sweetheart entrusts her nine-year-old son to Howard when she enters drug rehab. Suddenly a father figure, Howard begins to open up, and the emotional wounds of his past start to heal.
This novel has a powerful voice that takes us through many human emotions: the solitude of coming home, the joy of loving a child, the pain of losing one's first true love, jealousy and anger when she leaves for another love, the madness and frustration of being mute and unable to communicate and finally the serenity of accepting the blessings of others.