“Spinning” by Michael Baron is a love story, albeit not a traditional one. The main character, Dylan Hunter, falls in love with two women: his best friend and a 3-year old girl who changes his life.
D-Man, as Dylan is affectionately known by his friends, admits he was looking to “my job, my dates, to colored martinis, to all kinds of things” to figure out who he was and what he was supposed to do. He is a high-powered PR executive who thoroughly enjoys his bachelorhood. One day, out of the blue, an old fling, Diane, and her 3-year old daughter, Spring, show up at his doorstep in the middle of the night. After Diane is in a sudden and tragic accident, Spring is left without parents or a family and Dylan knows he is her only hope of survival, stability and love.
This love story is about a man who is unexpectedly touched by his connection to 3-year-old Spring and the new perspective she brings to his life. His relationship to Billie, his best friend and confidant, also a former fling, develops into love.
“Spinning” is how Dylan describes the multiple situations and relationships that he balances; it refers to the circus act with plates spinning on thin poles. The analogy is used twice during the story when something bad happens: “Somewhere a plate fell to the floor.”
Author Michael Baron tells this unique story with a straightforward tone, enjoyable wit and humor. The conversations and scenarios are realistic and believable. Baron successfully tells an interesting story based on a man’s emotional shifts through life challenges.