And yes, it's that good a book.
Between drinking sprees and thoughts of his pending suicide Livingston Taylor wonders Isn't investing in yourself the best investment you can make?
A successful Middle School teacher, Livingston misses his students, still loves the wife he's left and the two fast-maturing sons he adores, but the minimal public acceptance of his published books has dashed his hopes for literal acclaim, and tanked his self-esteem.
The only thing keeping him from squeezing the trigger and ending his life is the determined pelican who shows up on the back deck of Livingston's rented beach house every time he pulls out his gun to end his misery.
All I need to do is increase my confidence, but I don't think I can. And yes, I see the irony in that, Livingston thinks, but slowly regains a desire to live as he makes new friends and find work.
This powerful story about finding your way in the world will warm the reader's heart.
It warmed mine.