For years Neill has been working for Amiante Systems, an artificial intelligence company, in an effort to build the world’s first sentient computer. Using the thousands of pages of journal entries his father left behind when he committed suicide, Neill is literally working to input language and human responses – in the form of his father’s words – into the system. After his very short-lived marriage melts down, Neill must do everything possible go keep his life from running off the rails. But when he discovers a missing year in the diaries, he becomes obsessed with the notion that this year and what happened in it holds the key to his father’s suicide and his parents’ marriage. A deftly managed novel about the ways we move on and the ways we don’t, the stock we put in memory and language, and the incompetent ways that we strive to love each other.