From the Author
The most flexible way to tell a story is to use an all-knowing observer who narrates happenings in third-person. This approach allows an author to alert readers about dangers the hero isn't yet aware of, use other characters to provide input on what's going on, and so forth. But when a story involves primarily what's happening inside
one's hero, nothing can match an account told in first person.
And being more of an inner-focused sort myself, I really enjoyed telling a story about Michael Manning, looked at, so to speak, from inside-out. This way readers get to see first hand what's going on within Michael's mind as he confronts the challenging problems--including a new affair of the heart--that arise within his innovatively altered lifestyle.
From the Back Cover
Why, at the age of 54, has Michael Manning left his big-city medical practice and retired to a farm in rural Maine? And has he really--as viewed by Lesley Jordan, an attractive nurse in the nearby town of Winchendon--become little more than a narcissist who has reneged on his implied agreement to help his fellow man?
An identity crisis precipitated by Michael's growing disenchantment with the direction of modern medicine has led to his decision to "drop out." But an unexpected series of adventures arise as Michael begins to interact with the folks in his new community. Ensuing events impinge on the fragile friendship developing between Michael and Lesley (almost despite themselves), and leads to their interaction in ways that are both touching and comical. Their story addresses a question that seems to arise inevitably during the course of a human life--albeit not usually in such an offbeat manner--"Does this relationship have a future?"