The Man of the House Author:Stephen McCauley Clyde Carmichael is a hyperobservant,underachieving teacher at a posh adult ed center. Clyde spends too much time obsessing over Gordon, his ex, devouring biographies in search of a design for living ("It's satifying to be reminded that the most eventful and interesting lives usually and tragically"), and dodging his family: his maddeningly inse... more »cure sister and irascible father, whose days might or might notbe numbered. Clyde's on the verge of becoming as aimless as his handsome (and unswervingly straight) roommate, Marcus, a casualty of higher education who's going on the tenth year of his dissertation and his umpteenth doomed relationship.
Enter Louise Morris, Clyde's old friend and Marcus's onetime lover is a peripatetic writer and single mother who shows up with Ben, her son, and a neurotic stray dog in tow. The looming question of Ben's paternity is just what's needed to turn up the heat and give full comic play to McCauley's anxious, affectionate, ongoing fasination with the ties that bind-and sometimes strangle- families and friends.
The Man of the House is Stephen McCauley's funniest, most insightful novel yet, and, ultimately, his most moving.« less