The past few years for high school physics teacher and running coach Neil Kazenzakis have not been easy. A tragic accident has left his wife Wendy in a permanent vegetative state at a long-term care facility. He is a single parent to teenage son Christopher and takes care of his mother-in-law, Carol, who suffers from dementia. If that were not enough, he has kept his relationship with Lauren, Carol’s caregiver, a secret from his son. When an incident at school results in career ending allegations, his carefully reconstructed life threatens to shatter. Although surrounded by a good support network of colleagues and friends, Alan and Kristen, Neil struggles with the decisions he needs to make and the memories and emotions he has tried to forget.
Jon Harrison has written a compelling novel about a man just like us. The character of Neil Kazenzakis was refreshing and honest, and the fact that the author chose for his main character to be a man (instead of a woman as most of the characters are in these types of books) was what made it even more interesting.
Throughout the book, Neil is searching for answers to questions that we have all struggled with at some point in our lives. We are all searching for love, happiness, friendship and acceptance, forgiveness and absolution, health, happiness and success for our children and family members. Jon Harrison touches on so many issues that we also deal with everyday and has captured these human emotions and struggles beautifully.
A wonderful, touching and thought-provoking read. I give this book 4/5 stars.
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