In Michael Oren’s beautifully rendered novel, an unsuspecting coach and guidance counselor gets drawn into an illicit relationship and a macabre murder mystery in 1970s suburbia.
Sandy Cooper lives an uneventful life as a guidance counselor and coach in a suburban junior high school. Uneventful, that is, until a word of advice to a troubled student embroils him in a forbidden relationship and the exposure of a twisted murder. In this compulsively readable novel reminiscent of Philip Roth’s American Pastoral, Michael Oren evokes a time of racial, political, and social turmoil in the 1970s.
Israel’s ambassador to the United States, parliamentarian and government minister, combat veteran, athlete, and historian, Michael Oren brings diverse worlds of experience to his fiction. He is the author of three New York Times bestsellers and the winner of both the Los Angeles Times History Book of the Year Award and the National Jewish Book Award. His most recent book was The Night Archer and Other Stories (Wicked Son, 2020).