O R D I N A R Y P E O P L E
L O C A T I O N S and O B J E C T S
C I T I E S
Lake Forest: Site of the book; Conrad's hometown.
Glencoe: Town where Ray and Nancy Hanley moved after their separation ended.
Evanston: Town where Berger's office is, and where Conrad and Cal move.
Skokie: This is the town where Karen lives.
Sonesta Beach: Small town in Florida where the troubles with Conrad began.
Toledo: Calvin and Beth visited there while Conrad was in the institution.
Akron: Jeannine and her family moved from here to Lake Forest.
R E S T A U R A N T S
Quik-Lunch: This is a lawyer's hangout where Calvin usually has lunch.
Carriage Grill: Another lawyer's hangout.
Chatterbox Cafe: This is where Calvin and Beth have lunch.
University Sandwich Shop: Calvin and Carole Lazenby have lunch here.
Pasquesi's: Normal hangout for high school kids after school.
Coffee Shop: This is the where Conrad and Jeannine first go to have a Coke.
Lombardi's: Conrad and Jeannine see Phil Truan and Shirley Day there during a date.
Captain's Table: Beth, Calvin, and Conrad have dinner here after they return from Texas.
Nick's: Conrad and Berger have breakfast here.
S T R E E T S
Heron Drive: Street in Evanston where the Jarrett's home is
Anhinga Boulevard: Street where the Murray's house is.
O T H E R L O C A T I O N S
Northville: This is the mental institution where Conrad stayed.
Cadillac Mountain: Mountain in Maine described by wonderful adjectives.
Miami International Airport: Conrad wandered around here aimlessly, a first indication of his decline.
Lake Michigan: This is where the boating accident occurs.
Parador de San Francisco: Monastery in Toledo where Calvin and Beth stayed.
L I T E R A T U RE
Jude the Obscure: Conrad had to read this book by Thomas Hardy for junior English.
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: Calvin was reading this book.
A Thousand Clowns: Herb Gardner play which Karen was involved in.
C A R S
red Mustang: Lazenby's car.
green LeMans: Jordan's new car, a birthday present.
blue Karmann Ghia: Car driven by the older woman who flirts with Conrad.
M U S I C
"A London Symphony" - by Vaughan Williams. This makes Cal think of Europe.
"Rainy Day Man" - James Taylor tune that Conrad thinks of during school.
O T H E R O B J E C T S
May Flies: Conrad believes that these know the secret to life.
Platinum-Plus: Razor that Conrad used to attempt suicide.
Mosquito: This is the only thing that Conrad remembers from his trip to Florida.
Maps: Beth refers to the maps that Conrad and Jordan made while they were children in a letter.