Bare bones synopsis that leaves out all the important details: A baseball player with all the requisite natural talent meets a player that helps him put in the work he needs to become a professional. A psychological hiccup makes routine throws from shortstop to first base mental impossible. This threatens his career prospects and eventually the circle of relationships around him. Meanwhile, a male school president falls in love with a much younger male student and must juggle his responsibilities to his school, his daughter, and his new love. Five major characters: Henry, Schwartz, Pella, Affenlight, and Owen bounce in and out of each others presence to create the action.
1. Is love blind to age or must age always play a role in a relationship? p. 363
2. Is there an acceptable or healthy level of co-dependence? In some cases can it help you get through the day a happier person? pp. 203, 241, 293, 302, 408, 421, 509.
3. Psychological problems manifest themselves in physical ways. Can the physical association ever be truly controlled? p. 326
4. How do you handle your birth into privilege when so much value is placed on hard work?
5. What is “The Human Condition” as referenced on p. 257?
6. How do human beings define comfort? p. 290
7. What is the meaning of the powerful scene involving the earring on p. 297?
8. What does it mean when you name a condition? Does that give you power over it? p. 328
9. How should we deal with death? p. 503
Have you read it? Any thoughts of your own?