An unemployed stay-at-home-dad who reads the paper one morning to learn he is running for congress, a college freshman trying to find himself while meeting the love of his life, and a crazy old man who couldn't care about any of this all cross paths to show that we are never too old to come of age.
Chris teaches writing at Macomb Community College and Davenport University. He has had various works published in the Foliate Oak online literary magazine, one of which was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He attended school at Wayne State University where he was awarded two Loughead-Eldridge Scholarships in Creative Writing, and at Michigan State University where he was a winner of the Jim Cash Creative Writing Award. He lives in Grosse Pointe Woods, MI with his wife and two kids
This is one of the first instances in the narrative when the "pieces" of Mike's life start to overlap. We get a little background into why, when he decides to become politically active, he is so aggressively outspoken. It is because he had kept that part of himself bottled up for so long. He was untrue to himself for so long, that he lost himself completely.
Life in Pieces
It was also why he kept hidden from his new more free spirited, liberal, hippie-ish friends his own conservative political and social leanings. Not because he felt it would impact their friendship, but because he didn’t want to feel that part of himself slip away either. But as he tucked those beliefs temporarily away, Mike knew that some day they would come back. He knew that because he was not being true to himself, those beliefs would wrestle their way out of him, and they would have their revenge.