The novel is a first-person narrative told by an aging man who contemplates suicide on his birthday. He recounts the events of his life, including his love affairs, his law career, and his relationships with his friends and neighbors in a small Maryland town. As he reflects on the absurdity of life, he questions the value of existence and the nature of reality, resulting in a darkly humorous and philosophical exploration of the human condition.
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