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On a miserable October afternoon, as he stares down at his brother's whiny new baby, Paul realizes he's run out of excuses. His wife wants a family, but the last thing Paul wants is dirty diapers and a constantly screaming stranger robbing him of sleep. Then a lump is discovered on his arm, and with a little elaboration, the parenthood question is rendered moot.
With the dwindling time he pretends he's got left, he intends to start looking out for number one. But his "cancer vacation" hits a snag when he meets a mother and son in an airport bar who turn everything around—and even bring Paul to the brink of a life he thought he never wanted - because sometimes a man's got to lose himself completely to discover who he really is.
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By Eve Lampenfeld on 07-29-13
Funny and true
Would you listen to Strange Skies again? Why?
It's entertaining and pretty darn funny.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Paul, of course. I think he represents lots of mens' and womens' common fear—the fear of commitment. He has flaws but represents someone maybe we'd all like to be, or fantasize about being.
Which character – as performed by Daniel May – was your favorite?
Terry has a very cute and bewildered Boston accent, which matches her character well.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
For Paul, kids are a fate worse than death. Pretending he has terminal cancer seems to be a good way to get out of his adult responsibilities and have the time of his life—for now.
Any additional comments?
I like that this story explores some of our most unwelcome, and funny, fantasies.