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For a time they had entered the world of the newspaper statistic; a world where any measure you took to feel better was temporary, at best, but that is over.
It is slightly more than a year since their elder son Buck was killed when a sudden storm came up while he and their other son Conrad were sailing on Lake Michigan. Six months later, a severely depressed Conrad attempted suicide by slashing his wrists with a razor in the bathroom.
His parents committed him to a psychiatric hospital from which he has only recently returned after four months of treatment. He is attending school and trying to resume his life, but knows he still has unresolved issues, particularly with his mother, Beth, who has never really recovered from Buck's death and keeps an almost maniacally perfect household and family.
His father Calvin, a successful tax attorneygently leans on him to make appointments to see a local psychiatristDr. Initially resistant, he slowly starts to respond to Dr.
Berger and comes to terms with the root cause of his depression, his identity crisis and survivor's guilt over having survived when Buck did not. Also helping is a relationship with a new girlfriend, Jeannine Pratt. Berger as the events of the recent past have caused him to begin to doubt many things he once took for granted, leading to a midlife crisis.
This leads to strain in his marriage as he finds Beth increasingly cold and distant, while she in turn believes he is overly concerned about Conrad to the point of being manipulated. Finally the friction becomes enough that Beth decides to leave him at the novel's conclusion.
Father and son, however, have closed the gap between them. He celebrates his 18th birthday midway through the novel. Like his late brother, he is a good swimmerbut quits the school swim team because being around water reminds him too much of Buck. He had always been somewhat overshadowed by his brother.
He has passive tendencies as well. Calvin Jarrett, 41, "Cal". His professional success has enabled him to provide a very comfortable life to his wife and sons, which for a long time was a source of great pride to him as he had himself grown up in a Detroit orphanage without ever knowing his father.
His mother died when he was eleven. He has long felt lucky, but the family's recent travails have caused him to begin to doubt that and wonder who he really is.
A homemaker who has long kept the Jarrett household neat and well-organized, to the point of being anal retentive. She plays golf and is very active in the community but does not work outside the home. The novel gives little detail of her personal background, although her still-living parents provide some clues as to how she might have become this way.
Tyrone Berger, the psychiatrist who helps Conrad work through his issues. Jeannine Pratt, a new student at Lake Forest who eventually becomes Conrad's girlfriend. Like him, she has a dark episode in her recent past.
Joe Lazenby, one of Conrad's friends, who drives him to school. Alone among the swimmers, he recognizes that Conrad is still having difficulties. Conrad and he have a falling out during the novel, but they manage to mend their relationship towards the end.
Kevin Stillman, A member of Lazenby's carpool and the swim team's divera group of people Conrad has long concluded are generally lousy human beings. He can be very insensitive, and not just to Conrad he is known to make suggestive comments to passing girls. One day after Conrad has quit the team, he and Conrad get into a fist fight which Conrad wins.
Ray Hanley, Calvin's law partner and longtime friend. Calvin had consoled Ray seven years earlier during a time when his wife Nancy had left him over an extramarital affair he was having; now Ray returns the favor. Nancy Hanley, Ray's wife, very disillusioned about marriage even though she took her husband back and seems to be continuing to live with him.Copywriting formulas make it dead-simple to write anything.
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