This chaotic novel chases Michael Goldberg in time and space through his life. The story covers the events of decades scattered here and there, on the East Coast and the West Coast, or in Michael’s mind, all revisited often throughout the book with different focus. Uncertainty comes out most clearly in Michael’s relationships with women, characterized by a somewhat loving attitude, yet needy and selfish in foundation. This search for love is imperative and remorseless, caught up in Michael’s tangles with what it means to be a Jewish man in a quickly moving universe.
Meandering but witty, Evanier uses a stream of consciousness approach to writing that emphasizes and exacerbates the inner chaos of his main character’s existence. Jewish characters predominate.