||Most writers would be envious of Tom Grimes's impressive career--graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, author of five critically acclaimed novels, and director of the creative writing program at Texas State University. But in this penetrating and profound memoir, Grimes admits that he failed to live up to his own expectations or those of his friend and mentor, Frank Conroy (STOP-TIME), who "discovered" Grimes and tried to mold him into a literary star. Grimes was waiting tables in Florida when Conroy, the head of the prestigious writers program at the University of Iowa, offered him a fellowship on the strength of an unfinished manuscript , which would eventually become his novel SEASON'S END. On campus, Grimes gained access (usually over cocktails) to Conroy's unique insights about writing, but Conroy's advice proved to be more valuable than some of his more active attempts at assistance, such as when he rushed his protégé into signing a below-average contract to get his first book published. The teacher-student relationship between the two writers eventually equaled out into a lasting friendship which Grimes memorably recounts with a level of clarity and depth which would have made Conroy very proud.