I recommend that you read Mikelson’s Ghosts. Gardner makes you root for the main character (a philosophy professor), who has a running inner dialogue with himself and the great western philosophers-who he proxies-, as he steps outside himself to process who he is in this life and his response to the many fates that await him. In addition to raising all the big questions (who am i, why am i here, is this all random, etc.) herein lies a great read filled with memorable characters, winter, ghosts, murder, humor as well as family and romance. But mostly, you will come away with a protoplasm that seeps under your skin as you marvel as to how Mikelson managed to get himself in so much debt, be so reckless, but be so smart with the ability of hinsight and forsight. This book was written in the eighties but it feels like Wall Street, like Main Street, like the america who maxed out Her credit card being reckless chasing down the dream. Like now.