For all the current preoccupation about pedophiles, it is curious how little interest there seems to be with regard to what one is actually like. The author's intimate knowledge of one such individual should prove a useful window for the professional or the questioning layman who needs to look beyond stereotypical pejoratives. Though the work is fiction, it draws its inspiration from the experiences of a real person. Each of the 13 stories that comprise the book is complete in itself, but the stories share a common protagonist that can be seen as a series of snapshots taken at various points in his life. The central character is a psychotherapist by training. The stories are quite different stylistically, and focus on different aspects of his experience. They are intended neither to condone nor to condemn, but rather to understand. They ask a question. What is it like to be such a man?
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Jay Edson spent most of his working life as a social worker (MSW) providing counseling in a variety of settings. He is currently retired, and spends most of his time writing and editing.
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