A couple making a cross-country trip from New York City to San Francisco try to convince themselves that their disintegrating marriage can be saved, in this 1966 debut novel by the author of Lunar Follies and Imaginative Qualities of Actual Things. The chapter headings list their progress through the destinations both touristy and unintended, and as husband and wife move inexorably toward divorce, it is their children who bear the brunt of it all.
"I have never read a novel more explicitly clear, nor one more relevant, in its statements of contemporary life in this country. It is unique, brilliantly and sparely written, absolutely without self-indulgence or embarrassment in the dilemmas of a man's life which it articulates."—Robert Creeley