Boris Wade worked hard to become a lawyer, but in his small town, the only legal job open to him is as a legal assistant. When that job ends, he faces a quandary; how can he provide for his wife and daughter without a job that pays him what he thinks he deserves. His quest for money and position lead him to leave his family, and soon, he finds himself involved in shady deals in pursuit of wealth. With his reputation ruined, he leaves law and tries everything from dishwashing to male prostitution—in the process, becoming alienated from his daughter, and with only one friend left, a woman who is willing to accept him for what he is.
To Be Had by Sava Buncic is Boris’ story, as he finally comes to term with himself, and learns to get off the treadmill of seeking wealth for its own sake, and make an effort to mend his broken relationships. Boris is, for most of the story, a character the reader will find it hard to sympathize with, and it’s only at the end, when he finds the capacity to sacrifice for someone else that one sees any hope.
I received a free copy of this book, and I give it three and a half stars.