The novel explores how the impulse for romance often resurfaces in the same individual as the impulse for spirituality. The union of these two in literature is often associated with women, but the novel explores these common impulses in men.
James Monroe is outwardly very successful, but his personal life is in disarray. Middle aged, divorced and searching for meaning beyond his career path at The World Bank, Monroe is aware of his obsession with women, but he is seemingly incapable of breaking the cycle of romantic liaisons that consume his existence. His spirituality emerges within the confines of prison where women are absent and opportunities for selfless acts of mercy trigger his spiritual transformation.
What are some of the everyday triggers for spiritual transformation?