Meet David Bulitt, author of Card Game, and his newest, Because I Had To.
Because I Had To
"... Don't miss this keenly observed, smart, funny, and well-crafted book!" - Lyric Winik, NYT Award Winning Writer
Jess Porter spent her childhood bouncing from therapist to therapist and prescription to prescription. An outcast at school and a misfit at home, the only solace she ever found was in her relationship with her dad, Tom. Now he's dead. Feeling rejected by her adopted mom and her biological twin sister, Jess runs off to South Florida. But she can't outrun her old life. Watching the blood drip down her arm after her latest round of self-inflicted cutting, she decides her only choice is to find and face what frightens her most.
Because I Had To takes the reader inside the worlds of adoption, teen therapy, family law, and the search for a biological family. With a cast of finely drawn, complicated characters, it asks us to consider: can the present ever heal the past?
Usually it's other people's lives that are a mess. But when successful divorce lawyer JB's best friend dies, he finds his own world in turmoil. Suddenly, he must reexamine years of choices -- and one big secret. Card Game follows JB and his band of poker playing brothers from their first game in a 1970's suburban Maryland basement through their most memorable good and bad bets and wins and losses, as the men gather at a funeral to reflect on everything that they've faced together, and, even more importantly, all that they have not. Card Game brings to life an era of prank phone calls and fake IDs, unsupervised boys' nights out, and moments of head-shaking depravity, even as it tells the story of what happens when these boys grow up. A funny, poignant, and at times painful meditation on death, lifelong friendships, and honesty, Card Game is as irreverent as it is heartfelt.
From Goodreads: Author of the just released novel "Card Game", I am a DC area native and been focusing on divorce and family law for more than 25 years.
I have been married for 28 years and raised four daughters. My favorite description cams from a client who called me “the non-shaving, motorcycle-riding, bourbon-drinking, non-lawyer, lawyer.”