On the way home from dinner, Malcolm Vaughn is shot and killed in front of his family - the victim of a random act of violence. Undone by shock and grief, his wife Sarah retreats from the world, postponing her return to work and their son Harry's return to school. Harry appears to have come through the loss unscathed, until a troubling incident reveals his profound pain and confusion. It will take time--and the support of Malcolm's best friend, Deckard, a Vietnam vet with troubles of his own--to help them understand the intracies of their sorrow.
Dennis McFarland is the bestselling author of "The Music Room," "School for the Blind "and "A Face at the Window." His fiction has appeared in "Best American Short Stories" and "The New Yorker." He lives with his family in Massachussetts.