Some Time Around Four-Thirty by P. Gebbia Philip P. Gebbia
Some Time Around Four-Thirty is not a romance novel. Don't expect a love story hidden within its pages. Instead, it's about Wood and Four-Thirty, two people who coexist, oblivious of the empty lives that they lead.
Wood is a onetime college professor, who, after the unexpected death of his fiancée and their unborn child,
walked straight from a classroom and into a bottle.
Four-Thirty, his companion, is an aging prostitute at the end of her career. She, overwhelmed by guilt, is haunted by a deformity caused by a childhood accident, the disappearance of her abusive father, and surrendering a baby for adoption when she herself was a child. Through them we meet Dr. Lap, Wood's old college roommate and former colleague, who shows up one day on Wood's doorstep, hoping to escape his own demons. Oria is Four-Thirty's second child. She is seeking her own niche, but is thrown off track when she comes face to face with one of her mother's johns.
And then there's Jordan, an ex-convict who was abandoned at eight by his adoptive mother, searching for his past.
Together, Wood, Four-Thirty, and a host of colorful characters, weave a spicy tale of loss and the search for redemption. Their only obstacle is life itself.