William Gadfly wakes up one December morning in his New York City brownstone, knowing it will be his last day in the only city he has ever called home. Burdened by years of disappointment and prompted by a violent and unforgivable act, Gadfly has decided to flee town. But before he can leave, he trudges through rainy Manhattan, armed with a list of errands that includes a showdown with his spiteful mother and a heartbreaking encounter with a 13-year-old girl he considers his only remaining friend. Gadfly is a mesmerizing novel that shines a light on the most terrifying corners of the human condition, where nothing can be presumed, and the fears we choose to ignore can destroy us. Bolstered by Danny Lanzetta’s alternately spare and torrential prose, it is a searing account of one man's journey to reclaim his soul.