If this is a first novel, it is an exceptionally good one. It is the story of a mediocrity, who has had good luck financially and who loses everything in the crash. That -- and money, wife and job gone -- start him growing up, and he bums his way to New Orleans, zig zags back and forth across the whole United States, winds up in San Francisco a different man, and a happy one. He has found meaning in life and in himself through his contacts with all sorts of people. Told in the first person -- vivid, realistic, lusty male adventures in life. A book men will like rather than women.