In this engaging collection of 17 stories an American boy struggles through the barriers of middle class life from age 5 to 35, dealing with his antagonists and with his angels, with family, girls, school, army and career. He grows up learning what it is to become a man, to discover who he is by dealing with both losing and winning, by making bad choices and better ones. The stories have been praised by writers who have said Bruehl stands tall in the tradition of American writers such as Twain and O'Hara” or “that he can knock out a gem of a sentence or a sparkling fresh metaphor that lifts his stories to artistic heights
Bill Bruehl is a member of Actors Equity Association and the Dramatists Guild and the author of more than twenty-five plays. He is the recipient of several fellowships and awards including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.