The Boomer : A man who seemingly has it all begins to contemplate what would happen if it suddenly was all wiped out. Everything. The Volvo, the suburban house, his good job and his family - just gone. Thus, we have the premise of Marty Asher's novel, The Boomer. This deceptively simple meditation on human behavior and the Western way of life looks poignantly at lost hopes, broken dreams and middle-aged maturity. Asher gives the reader a new kind of hero as the protagonist contemplates the many absurd rituals that have become part of North American living. The book is lively and written in a style that many will appreciate.