This novel provides a vital and engaging picture of current psychotherapeutic practice. It describes scenes from the life of a psychologist working psychoanalytically, including vignettes of his clinical work which present an accurate and intimate picture of a clinician at work. The protagonist's career development and his own personal therapy provide a counterpoint to the clinical scenarios.
The forward momentum in the book is provided by the protagonist's romantic involvement with another clinician, and his attempts to be accepted for training at a prestigious psychotherapy training institution. This book considers the question, what do therapists do?