There’s simply no way this novel would have happened were I left to my own devices. Thus, more than a few acknowledgements are in order.
First and foremost, to my beloved, the family’s creative yin to my yang, the undisputed expert on strong women and their reactions to husbands’ hijinks, and my most avid reader and chief supporter—my wife, Heidelinde—a great big, warm thank you from the bottom of my heart.
To my editor, Debra Ginsberg, I send thanks for pressing through a first manuscript at a record pace. She made such a huge difference in the work with her comments and suggestions.
To all my readers, who gave me a smattering of some of the best advice I’ve ever received: Jaime, Doug, Lisa, Rebecca, Broog, Elena, and my beautiful sis-in-law Sarah. You guys rock!
To my daughter Jessa, thank you for your unquestioned support despite being banished from the living room for months while I needed space to write.
Finally, thank you to Trestle Press and Giovanni Gelati for believing in my work enough to put your brand on it.