What kind of man would lie to his own wife about having cancer? A man desperate to avoid being saddled with life's responsibilities. A man like Paul.
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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Funny and true
It's entertaining and pretty darn funny.
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.
Terry has a very cute and bewildered Boston accent, which matches her character well.
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.
I like that this story explores some of our most unwelcome, and funny, fantasies.
- Eve Lampenfeld