No one knew it at the time, but April 19, 2011, was the most important day in the history of the world.
After his only friend and colleague, John Manta, disappears without a word, Dave Randall further entrenches himself in the humdrum life of an unenthusiastic lawyer. But once he begins to understand what happened, he embarks on a journey to uncover the deeper meanings and implications of John’s fate.
Accompanied by Peaches the cat, Dave uproots his life and reinvents himself in the midst of his search. Along the way, he is haunted by his piecemeal understanding of John’s fate and what it means for his existence. Little does Dave know, his journey of self-discovery will have ramifications that extend far beyond the borders of his own little life.
The story gives us a brief history of the main character Dave and how he came to be a lawyer despite appearing to not want to be one and shows us his one friendship with his college, John. Then John disappears and Dave continues on to become an even more successful lawyer but has no real life outside of work. When John appears over a year later and explains where he has been, Dave knows he cannot continue with his mundane and unsatisfying life so he quits his job and moves to the country with his cat.
This book is completely not what I was expecting and was as such I was pleasantly surprised. It touches on many heavy themes in a completely approachable way. I particularly enjoyed the discussions between Dave and John as the touched on so many important issues and were laid out in a completely relatable way, I especially enjoyed the discussion on questions of ethical laws (FYI I am Team John on that one!)
This is definitely going on the shelf with my books that restore my faith in humanity and is one I will pick up again when I need a little perspective.
When he is not writing, Daniel Maunz works as an attorney as in-house counsel for a major insurance company. He currently lives in Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, with his wife Lynne, their son Patrick, and their two cats: Admiral Meowy McWhiskers and Captain Cutie (or “Admiral” and “Captain” for short). Questions of Perspective is his first novel.
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