What Smiled At Him (2012) could well be called Men Without Women Or Direction. It features Marv and Lynn, a pair of late 20-somethings males who living but without much purpose. Marv is a salesman, Lynn a showman. One ostensibly has a career, the other clearly doesn’t. But both have a habit of dodging life’s difficult questions and committing themselves to anything beyond themselves.
And they also share Caroline, a female crazy-maker who re-enters their worlds and pulls them into her depraved and disastrous existence. What Smiled At Him manages to be somber, colorful, and often guffaw-out-loud funny. It reads fast but is loaded with trenchant observations on modern relationships, growing up, and happiness that will give the reader pause.