It’s What We Do

His daughter Happy is his sole potential for redemption.

IT’S WHAT WE DO: SORT OF A LOVE STORY is a humorous, episodic novel about a man in his 70s who becomes a single parent when his wife leaves him just as they adopted a little girl from China. Mario Cervello is besieged by lost love, uncertainly, obsessions, tiredness and, most of all onions—they are the source, as he tries often to explain, of “monumental gastric distress.”His daughter Happy is his sole potential for redemption. The narration is first-person, episodic, in no chronological order whatsoever—as it unravels the story of Mario and Happy’s journey—humorous, heartfelt, uplifting—through the travail of life, love, family, parents, children and—most of all—hope.