I gave this book 5 stars on my Goodreads account. Pete Dexter is a very funny writer. The opening scene of a botched burial at sea sets the stage. Even more wonderful is the character, Calmer who becomes Spooner's step-dad while Spooner is still a young boy. As him name implies, Calmer is a humble man of infinite love and patience whose steadfast dedication to Spooner and his family make all the difference in the world. If we could all nurture and influence one person in just such the way Calmer does Spooner our lives would not be in vain.