If you graphed Seth Greenland's writing career, it would look like an Escher drawing: Apparent dead-ends emerge as new beginnings. A novelist who is also a television writer, Greenland has tried his hand at just about every kind of writing except poetry - which is the avocation of the protagonist of his new novel, "I Regret Everything" (Europa: 256 pages, $16).
In the novel, Jeremy is secretly a poet (in his real life, he's an attorney) but after a cancer scare he begins to reconsider his decisions. He's also met Spaulding, his boss' enchanting and wild college-dropout daughter, who narrates about half the chapters as the two dance and fall in love.
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