Those Crazy Notions of Otherwise Intelligent People
by Joel Michael Dorr
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Ilena Doran dedicates herself to helping battered women—but the therapist can’t seem to get through to the one person who means the most, her son, Sammy.
Percy Powers, a drunken, womanizing, morning talk show host, prefers parties with scantily clad women over the company of children. But when one such party leads him to be late to the premiere of his own radio show, he gives junior listeners a chance to spend a night out on the town with him in a desperate attempt to mollify management. The winner ends up being Ilena’s son, Sammy, still traumatized after seeing his father murdered.
At first, Ilena isn’t even aware that her assistant nominated Sammy but—she grudgingly agrees to accompany him. There, for the first time in almost a year, Ilena witnesses Sammy laugh.
Is it possible that Percy just may be the one to prove that people aren’t always what they seem to be—and that salvation might come from the unlikeliest of places?