W inner of the Book of the Year Silver Award from ForeWord Magazine and Honorable Mention in the Independent Publisher Book Awards.
Raised in upper-class Boston as the only child of two economists, Thomas Olsen grows up feeling like a perpetual outsider. Athletic and poetic, he eventually settles with more kindred spirits in suburban Indiana. But no one realizes Olsen is hiding a devastating secret.
As English department chairman and basketball coach at an Indiana high school, Olsen endears himself to the locals—yet despite his popularity, he can’t shake the loneliness that dogs him. After years of keeping a guilty silence around part of his past, his body and soul have learned to lead separate lives.
Then Olsen develops a father-son bond with Ben Wendling, his student and player, and falls in love with Ben’s enigmatic married mother. With Mary and Ben, the missing pieces of Olsen’s life somehow feel restored—until a surreal accident changes the course of all their futures.
Winner of the Book of the Year Silver Award from ForeWord Magazine and Honorable Mention in the Independent Publisher Book Awards.
An elegant story reminiscent of the work of Anne Tyler…it’s a terrific book. — Sunday Book Talk, Akron Beacon-Journal, March 20, 2005
August 2005 Book of the Month — Rachel’s Vineyard, August 4, 2005
Hunter deftly explores the complexities of life and opportunities for redemption. — Kirkus Discoveries, December 17, 2004
I kept wanting to read more and more…the ending twist leaves you saying, “Yes, that is how it happens.” — BellaOnline.com, The Voice of Women, March 9, 2005
Like a long, glorious Midwest summer sunset…filled with melancholy, poetry, religious connections, youthful exuberance… — RebeccasReads.com, January 2, 2005
Nicole Hunter writes so beautifully it could have been about Thomas Olsen’s love of dirt…it’s sooooo good. — POD Girl, girlondemand.blogspot.com, March 7, 2005
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