More Than Enough by John Fulton
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Moving from Boise, Idaho, to Salt Lake, Utah, the ill-fated and peripatetic Parker family fantasizes about the perfect life: a custom-built home in an affluent development with sophisticated friends. But after Steven Parker suffers a brutal beating at the hands of a pack of neighborhood bullies, the Parkers' impossible dream crosses into reality.

Having settled the assault case out of court, for a short time they find life good. The Parkers splurge on previously unthinkable luxuries; but as hard as each family member tries to enjoy this newfound wealth, they're secretly afraid of it, worried that their long history of failures will inevitably catch up with them.

When Mr. Parker flunks out of his accounting course, Mrs. Parker makes good on her threat to change their lives for the better, whisking Steven and Jenny off to the home of a man she's been dating on the sly -- a wealthier man with a designer home of his own.

The resulting tale is a story of how people hang on, desperate to keep their lives in order despite everything unraveling around them. Individually, and as a whole, the Parkers yearn for, but ultimately lose, control over their lives through a series of misunderstandings, ill-considered acts, and improperly fitting masks worn to disguise their failures. John Fulton's characters know how to use humor to lessen the pain, and how to laugh when they should cry. And the unfortunate reality is, if they ever had "more than enough," they could never hold on to it. Fall 2002 Selection

 

About John Fulton

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John Fulton lives in Boston, where he teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Massachusetts. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed story collection, Retribution.
 
Published August 3, 2002 by Picador. 195 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Their impending union leads to an attempt to introduce Steven and Jenny to the lawyer's kids, but the effort to engineer an expanded family unit backfires when Steven's temper surfaces during his visit to the lawyer's house.

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The tacos at Pico Auténtico come on a double thickness of soft corn tortillas.

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