John Panuzio's world begins to disintegrate when a freak accident disrupts the peaceful Connecticut suburb where he lives. As a successful 50 year old ad executive, he loathes his job and finds himself increasingly estranged from his family and community. As his life spirals out of control, John comtemplates suicide. Frustrated with suburban life, his only solace is in memories of his childhood in a large, loving, Italian-American family. Del Vecchio has created a beautiful, penetrating novel of a man struggling with with his demons, a town struggling with tragedy, and a family struggling to stay together.