The book follows a man named Tom Claughlin a New York City Lawyer that has a reputation for being an advocate of justice. He wears many different hats. One being a husband and recent father. His home life is far from perfect and is very dysfunctional. He works a lot, his wife feels abandoned and spends more money than she should. He lives in a little one bedroom apartment, where they all sleep in the same room. His domestic life is falling apart while he begins falling for the newest intern, who is not helping the situation.
Eventually a young, attractive male baby sitter begins stealing the attention of Tom's wife and even the son. Quickly we see both of them detaching away from Tom, even he can see it at points and does nothing. Spanning over a four month period in late 2005, Tom's world completely is destroyed in ways that you couldn't even imagine.
This book is surreal, unusual, nauseating, and entirely ambiguous. This has the feel of a mystery, the immediacy of a private detective, and noir-style that will captivate you. The characters are brash and entirely obsessive. This book will question your morals, intimacy in your family and work. It has such an air of modern realism, that I had never experienced before.
This is a transformative, and painful book. I believe both optimistic and cynical people can enjoy this novel.
The story follows four months in the life of Tom Claughlin, a union lawyer in his professional prime, who lives with his charming three year old son and wife of 21 years in a small, rent-stabilized one bedroom apartment in Union Square. As Tom revs up for a big case - getting a wronged clinic worker her job back - he finds himself spending more and more time with a young legal assistant at his law firm. When he breaks his abstinence from alcohol, a "symbolic pact" with his wife after the last time he got drunk and took things too far with a coworker, the pleasant facade of Tom's life begins to unravel.