Living with a traumatic brain injury, 31-year-old Iraq War veteran Leroy Kervin has spent the last seven years in a group home. On the brink of losing it all, middle-aged father Freddie McCall has a chance to get his kids back. Nurse Pauline Hawkins becomes attached to a young runaway, but learns the difficult lesson that you can't help someone who doesn't help themselves. In this compelling novel by the author of The Motel Life and Lean on Pete, the lives of these three individuals intersect as they look for meaning in desperate times.
"The straightforward beauty of Vlautin's writing, and the tender care he shows his characters, turns a story of struggle into indispensable reading. I couldn't recommend it more highly."—Ann Patchett