Meet John Nichols. He’s fifty-something years old, an ex-basketball player, ex-author, ex-philanderer, ex-husband, ex-high school English teacher. And he’s the father of three: two overachieving adult daughters and 19-year-old Ethan, who will never be an adult. John’s older daughter is getting married, and as the family travels to the celebration, John is secretly preparing for a life change that will alter his family’s hearts forever. Funny, heartbreaking, and generous, It's. Nice. Outside. asks: What happens when you have to let go of the person who has been holding you up?
…One needs to keep the tissues handy for this one as Kokoris summons tears of glee, such as when Mindy and Karen tie one on, and of sorrow, such as when John contemplates life without Ethan. A master at pairing the quotidian with the quirky, Kokoris puts the fun in dysfunctional.
— Carol Haggas, Booklist (full review)
It’s. Nice. Outside. is a book that you can’t stop reading, even though at times you might want to. If you’ve ever spied a harried father shepherding an adult child with exceptional needs, or whatever the current euphemism, and wondered what that man’s life might be like, this book will tell you… The book isn’t depressing. It’s riveting.
— Neil Steinberg, Chicago Sun Times (full review)
Jim Kokoris dispels the myth that male writers cannot adequately portray women or tell family stories with sensitivity. Honest, funny, and brilliantly written, It's. Nice. Outside. will break your heart—and mend it. This book will remain one of my all-time favorites.
— Sandra Kring, author of Carry Me Home and The Book of Bright Ideas
Mr. Kokoris's beautifully rendered tale about a family ripping out their historical seams and patching themselves together the best they can in the confines of a mini-van during a life-changing road trip had me enthralled from the first page to the last. Heartbreaking? You bet. Hilarious? Absolutely. Loved it!
— Lesley Kagen, author of The Resurrection of Tess Blessing
Jim Kokoris's heart-warming novel of a man coping with his beloved and disabled son moved me from tears to laughter. Kokoris tells the story with humanity, humor, and most of all affection. It's. Nice. Outside. moves beyond stereotypes to show how we are all capable of love, and being loved. I. Love. This. Book.
— Sandra Dallas, New York Times bestselling author
Heartwarming and hilarious, It's. Nice. Outside. is a tender and entertaining family story about what threatens to break us and what it takes to endure. Jim Kokoris's new novel is a rollicking read about love and devotion.
— Lee Martin, author of the Pulitzer finalist The Bright Forever