Set in Houston (how often can you say that about literary fiction?), Porter's novel is the story of a family imploding. Long married parents have split, the older son--a recent college graduate who wants to be a poet--is working food service and attending reckless parties at night, and the younger daughter, Chloe, has been asked to leave her college under mysterious circumstances. The story gets rolling with Chloe coming home and refusing to discuss why she's no longer welcome at school. Here is a classically told, great novel along the lines of a Raymond Carver or John Cheever, and I'm willing to state it here: one day Andrew Porter will win a Pulitzer or National Book Award.