This character is the protagonist of the novel. He is a 49-year-old novelist struggling with aging and the fading of his literary career. He lives in San Francisco, and when he receives an invitation to his ex-lover’s wedding, he decides to avoid the wedding by accepting invitations he has received for various literary events around the world. This character is still very much in love with his ex-lover, although he does not wish to admit it, and he uses his international trip as a way of distracting himself from his ex-lover's impending marriage. This character is portrayed as a rather hapless, yet sincere and caring man who faces struggles both in his love life and his professional life. He was once part of a renowned group of San Francisco writers called the Russian River School due to his long-term romantic relationship with one of the group's most...
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