Jake Horton possessed every marker of success: A moral upbringing on the Iron Range with solid working-class parents. A substantial in at Sommer's Carpet and Tile, leading to ownership. A reputation as a man of integrity. But beneath all the outward affirmations, Jake wanted something more. And to get that, he had to become someone his loved ones wouldn't recognize.
How do you hide a side of yourself that, if discovered, would undermine every important relationship in your life? How do you reconcile fooling the people you love into believing you're something you're not? What price would you pay to make sure your secrets stay hidden under the carpet?
In the confessional novel ''Nobody Knows,'' Jake unapologetically gives voice to the inner monologue most of us are ashamed to admit, revealing that the road to redemption is sometimes littered with frauds.
Larry Schneiderman lives in Lakeville, Minnesota, with his wife, Sheila. Larry's first book, ''The Call of the Couch,'' is a history of Schneiderman's Furniture, the business that has been in his family for three generations. ''Nobody Knows'' is his first novel.