Bill Press has his orderly little life all figured out, until it is ripped apart over the course of one hot summer. His wife walks out on him, leaving him to live with his mother-in-law, for whom he has developed a bizarre and disturbing attraction. Then there is the woman at work Bill may love, and another woman who may love him. And then there is the stunning plot twist that will leave your head spinning.
Compared to John Updike's Pulitzer Prize winning "Rabbit" series, Brilliant Disguise will make you, as its title song suggests, "doubt what you're sure of."
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Some of my favorite novels are what I call ¿men in crisis¿ books. They are just what they sound like ¿ stories of men who find themselves in the middle of a crisis, usually of the relationship kind. Some of the best examples of these works are the early Phillip Roth novels, John Updike¿s ¿Rabbit¿ series, and many of John Irving¿s books (although they tend to be more epic in scale than the momentary crisis of the other works). Some recent well known authors writing these types of novels are Nick Hornby and Tom Perrotta. I feel these are very important novels for men to read. They touch on issues and emotions that all men deal with, but never talk about. Unlike women, who talk more about these things than men do, and have magazines to read where they learn other woman have the same feelings, men do not have these outlets. Men are sort of alone in the world when it comes to things like this. And many of us think perhaps we are the only ones who have these feelings. But we are not. And when we read ¿men in crisis¿ books, we find out other men are going through the same things. This is what I tried to achieve in my new novel, ¿Brilliant Disguise.¿ It is about a seemingly happily married man who has his little life in order, until it is ripped apart over the course of one hot, sweltering summer. His wife leaves him, and he is left living with his immigrant mother in law, for whom he has developed a bizarre attraction. Then there are two women at work ¿ one whom he may love, the other (his boss) who may love him. Then there is the shocking plot twist that will force you to re-read the book to figure out how you missed it! The book is basically about how this man deals with all of these women in his life, these women that are causing all of this turmoil in his life. He doesn¿t understand women, and he knows it. This leaves him unable to know what to do next, which will leave readers turning the page, to find out what steps, and missteps, he will take next. While the novel is aimed towards men, it is also a book women will enjoy. The book gets into the mind of a man, somewhere women never go. So while men will learn that they are not alone with their emotions, women will perhaps learn what makes us tick, and maybe they will understand and forgive us when we take that occasional misstep with them!