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In GOOD FOR NOTHING, Flip Mellis believes his recent past would be best described as: a man with his feet planted on terra firma. As a husband and father, he was a consistent breadwinner. As a business professional, he was a go-getter. For twenty years, he did all that was expected of him, if not much more. But a job loss in his middle years, in the midst of a national economic crisis, has knocked Flip squarely on his big, soft ass, where he has been wallowing for nearly a year.
MISSING PEOPLE: At the age of seventeen, Etta Messenger stepped from a school bus in a seemingly safe Chicago suburb and never reached her front door. Six years later, it’s clear that none of the members of her middle-class family have finished mourning. Gaping emotional wounds have been poorly addressed.