"Looking Forward Through the Rear View Mirror" profiles a coming of age tale of Scott Spykstra, a naive 14-year old, whose simple family background and Catholic education have formed his values. His journey begins in the final weeks of 8th grade, where humorous altar boy stories and classroom scenes unfold, led by a class clown. Scott’s life dramatically changes upon becoming a golf caddie at a private country club. After surviving the caddie training and initiations, Scott begins to interact with a diverse array of eclectic members, who broaden his exposure to a complex world.
Set in a small Midwestern city, the story reflects a parochial perspective on social issues and political philosophies in 1965, influenced by headline events, songs, television shows and movies which form the backdrop for constant dialogue, creating intriguing twists, metaphors, and puzzles for the reader.
Over time, Scott develops a bond with the tough caddie master and several caddies, including a 21-year old felon, who has the greatest influence on his maturity. As the summer ends with a stunning conclusion, Scott reflects on his experiences and tries to balance the conflict with his upbringing and the new world that he entered as a caddie.