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About the Author
I have witnessed more than once the disintegration of a middle class American marriage. It is not a pretty sight. There are three primary causes for marital disintegration-money, incompatibility, and the granddaddy of them all: infidelity.
Ah, infidelity. Temptation. Doubtful man was designed to be permanently attached to one woman. It seems so unnatural. A man produces billions of sperm in his lifetime. He seems designed to spread his seed. Every woman a man sees who he finds attractive conjures up thoughts of sexual conquest. If it was socially acceptable a healthy man would undoubtedly have sex three or four times a day, even with complete strangers.
Ernie 'Mac' MacLeod and Megan Danner MacLeod have been married for just over a decade when our story opens. They have three young kids and live in an old Victorian in a leafy New Jersey suburb.
There is a lot of muted discontent, anger, and animosity.
By far the biggest source of trouble is Megan's flagging career as a novelist. Once the three kids are old enough to attend full-time school, Megan makes the decision to resurrect her career. In short, she wants her old life back.
Mac is not exactly overjoyed with his wife's desire.
Adrift is the story of a marriage in crisis. The novel raises the basic philosophical question: should the individual pursue his or her dreams and passions or should the individual succumb to the social forces of responsibility and commitment?
We all struggle with this question.
We want to pursue our own individual desires, but we also feel the need to conform to social norms, ie., to be good spouses, parents, neighbors, citizens; to be part of the whole. This is why so many of us, like Megan, feel adrift, unmoored, detached, aimless, disoriented.
Life is short, and filled with pitfalls that can cut it even shorter. I believe if we have true passion we must pursue our dreams.
But if we pursue our dreams there will inevitably be consequences. adrift delves into how harrowing those consequences might be.