Tracy Kidder won the Pulitzer Prize for The Soul of a New Machine. House and Among Schoolchildren were national bestsellers. Now this "crackerjack reporter with a common touch" (Philip Lopate, The Washington Post) has turned his talents to his most important and universal theme in this, a close-in study of old age in America. With care and exactitude, with the human compassion and humor for which he is famed, Kidder opens up a fascinating world to us that is, at the same time, foreign and compelling. The narrative takes place entirely in a nursing home and focuses on two old men struggling with their circumstances, their memories, and their mortality.
"Touching, funny and inspiring." --The New York Times
“Love, romance, obsession, ambition, the quest for truth and the yearning for justice are all present here. Anger and regret are here, too; and a grief that the middle-aged can’t begin to fathom… Mr. Kidder has reminded us that old age is the last great opportunity for the human spirit to flourish. This is a beautiful book.” —Mary Maher, Irish Times