It isn’t a place former psychologist Ann Talarico ever expected to find herself. But if her work as a therapist has taught her anything, it is that you have to make the best of any situation. Facing a life sentence for a crime she didn’t commit, Ann is determined not to let the concrete walls stop her from making a difference.
It starts with the inmates.
One by one, she works to help them overcome problems that brought them to Northampton State Corrections Center. It isn’t as easy as it once was on the outside. In the big house, problems are a whole lot messier and relationships take on new lives.
What will it take for Ann to build optimism in an institution packed with criminals, psychopaths, and narcissists? Is it even possible? Or will it be a wrap on her work as a healer?
It’s bound to happen. But to who? The inmates have some teachings of their own and it ain’t looking hopeful.
Chuck Palahniuk showed himself to be his generation’s most visionary satirist in this, his first book. Fight Club’s estranged narrator leaves his lackluster job when he comes under the thrall of Tyler Durden, an enigmatic young man who holds secret after-hours boxing matches in the basements of bars. There, two men fight "as long as they have to." This is a gloriously original work that exposes the darkness at the core of our modern world.