William Collins, a Boston realtor, decides to do something about his compulsive cleaning binges, his lacklustre sales figures, and his penchant for nightly anonymous online sex. This novel chronicles the life in post-traumatic, morally ambiguous America, where the heartfelt desire to do good is constantly tripped up by the need to feel good.
George and Nina seem like the perfect couple. There's only one hitch: George is gay, and when Nina announces she's pregnant by her boyfriend Howard, things get especially complicated. Howard wants marriage, while Nina wants independence, and George will do almost anything for a little unqualified affection.