THE PULL (101,000 words) is named for that force that attracts us to all things tasty and tempting. Three friends—Ellison, Bergen, and Trent—navigate hypersexuality, marital collapse, and opiate addiction to uncover common threads in the most disparate of situations.
Smart, career-minded Ellison is riveted by Thales and Archimedes but repulsed by monogamy and long-term relationships. A rocky childhood and a fierce will to survive have provided her with some very non-traditional views on love and commitment. When she enters a downward spiral that threatens to turn Ellison the Libertine into Ellison the Sex Addict, she becomes a danger to herself, with her actions having far-reaching consequences beyond any she could have imagined.
Bergen and her delightful, alcoholic husband, Nick, embark on a life together filled with frolic and laughter, parties and expeditions, late nights and disco friends. Bergen is amused for a while, then realizes that she needs something bigger to live for. Nick happily—and blindly—accompanies her into parenthood. They have two beautiful children and a house full of love. But while Bergen is focusing on raising the little ones, Nick is escalating in his erosive habits. Bergen wakes up to find that the boy she loved so dearly as a playmate is not capable of being the partner she needs as a father and husband. Her attempt to hang on to the status quo even after this realization pushes her to violate her own moral code and undermines her good intentions.
Trent, a twenty-five-year-old recovering drug addict, has traveled a dark, raw path. He carelessly allowed a frivolous, pill-based opiate fetish to turn into a torrid affair with heroin, and he has paid a big price to get his life back. This charismatic young man’s surprising friendship challenges Ellison and Bergen to reexamine their lives, lifting them to transcend their own destructive addictions.
THE PULL employs subtle humor, ancient philosophy, and provocative character interactions that make the reader reconsider the way they judge and realize the importance of truth.