Can one terrible moment change your life forever?
“The days and weeks that followed were snapshots in his mind. Cluttered night tables, filled with pill bottles on his mother’s side…” To those on the outside, the Powells are a happy family, but then a devastating accident destroys their fragile façade. When seven year-old Henry is blamed for the tragedy, he tries desperately to make his parents happy again.
As Henry grows up, he is full of potential – a talented sportsman with an academic mind and a thirst for adventure – but soon he questions if the guilt his parents have burdened him with has left him unable to escape his anguished family or their painful past…
With a delicate touch and masterful attention to detail, New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Flock invites us to meet a man both ordinary and extraordinary, and to experience a life that has yet to be lived.
For Henry Powell, every day is the same: he wakes just before 7 a.m. to prepare for work at the men's clothing store he's worked at since he was 17. Now 31, he's ready to die of boredom. Henry briefly escaped from his small New England town via college, but family problems his alcoholic mother and his emotionally icy father needed help and his brother had moved away brought him back from college in the early '80s. Every now and then, an acquaintance from Henry's prestigious prep school stops by the store, but much of Henry's time is spent in fantasyland, where he is a famous rock musician or the subject of a biography. A romance with Cathy Nicholas, who works at a neighboring coffee shop, is promising, but that, too, peters out. As Henry's temporary leave from college becomes permanent and the years tick by, it seems nothing except the style of pants he sells will change. Until the store goes out of business on wait for it September 10, 2001, and change for Henry promptly ensues. Flock (But I'm Screaming Inside; Me & Emma) fills the flashback-heavy book with cultural touchstones from the era of big hair and unfortunate fashion and manages an optimistic conclusion to Henry's drab story.