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Douglas Kennedy is the author of thirteen novels, including the international bestsellers The Moment and Five Days. His work has been translated into twenty-two languages, and in 2007 he received the French decoration of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He has two children and divides his time between Paris, Maine, and New York.

We all crave latitude in life, yet simultaneously dig ourselves deeper into domestic entrapment. We may dream of traveling light but accumulate as much as we can to keep us burdened and rooted to one spot. And we have no one to blame but ourselves. Because - though we all muse on the theme of escape - we still find the notion of responsibility irresistible. The career, the house, the dependents, the debt - it grounds us. Provides us with a necessary security, a reason to get up in the morning. It narrows choice and ergo, gives us certainty. And though just about every man I know rails against being so cul-de-saced by domesic burden, we all embrace it. Embrace it with a vengeance.