Then one day Lisa is diagnosed with cancer, a sickness that for Abram is both a punishment and a means to expiate his sins... But we don’t want to spoil the whole book. Suffice it to say that the finale is bittersweet, leaving the reader with a taste of Abram’s solitude, the book’s leitmotif. It is a profound solitude, one experienced in New York, a “city of loners,” as Abram calls it. Before he becomes a priest, we see him as a young man assisting in the construction of the Twin Towers, symbol of a city that challenged the sky, which people believed would last forever. We see him at 21, the city’s famous fancy restaurant, or in front of Studio 54. We also see him in his little room in the shabby church. Wherever he is, Abram is alone and tortured, incapable of living life lightly, conscious of his inability to change the world and, more importantly, himself – a human made of mud and spirit, condemned to be what he is.