The author of The Patron Saint of Unmarried Women (1994) chronicles the emotional coming of age of a 41-year-old
literary agent who overcomes his fear of commitment when the love child he fathered in his 20s searches him out.
Will Gerard’s childhood—in the 1960s Bangkok community of CIA spooks who made daily secret forays into
Vietnam—lacked permanent relationships. A best friend one day might disappear the next with his family on some clandestine
mission across the globe, never to be seen again. After this, and the trauma of his father’s early death, Will lived adult life as
though long-term attachments, either to jobs or to people, were unnecessary complications. Then, after years as a dilettante in
the publishing industry, he started a literary agency in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. Working from home, with his
wisecracking, college-age nephew as his assistant, Will sees his life turn around when he signs a crackpot southern author whose
novel on a hero of the “war of northern aggression” sells for big money. After receiving a favorable profile in the pages of
The Washington Post, Will then meets Annie, a stunning and successful litigator, and his life seems perfect—except that what
Annie wants, a baby, is anathema to a commitment-probe guy like Will. Their relationship threatens to founder when a letter
arrives from a woman who suspects that Will is her birth father. His quest over a couple of weeks to determine the truth of her
suspicion leads him on a trail where he must contend with the consequences of his lifelong efforts to avoid entanglements and
opens his eyes about how he is sabotaging his chance at happiness with Annie.
An engaging and well-rounded look at a modern man as he comes to terms with his past so he can live a more fulfilled
present. (Author tour)