Man in the Dark
978 0 571 24075 3
Paperback 180 pages

Seventy-two-year-old August Brill is recovering from a car accident in his daughter's house in Vermont. When sleep refuses to come, he lies in bed and tells himself stories, struggling to push back thoughts about things he would prefer to forget -- his wife's recent death and the horrific murder of his granddaughter's boyfriend.

August imagines a parallel world in which America is not at war with Iraq but with itself -- a world in which the Twin Towers did not fall but instead a brutal civil war erupted after the 2000 election. As the night progresses, August's story grows increasingly intense, and what he is so desperately trying to avoid insists on being told.