by Doug Ingold
In the Big City is a novel about a family under stress, one in which the traditional marriage roles have been reversed. The Winters -- Jason, Anne and their two year-old daughter Kim -- move from a small town to Chicago so Anne can begin her career with a prestigious law firm. Anne is soon navigating the fast lanes of corporate law but Jason remains locked in their apartment doing child care, smoking marijuana and getting fat. As a "house husband" Jason experiences many of the things that "house wives" have traditionally experienced: a loss of self-esteem, a sense of stagnation, a lack of accomplishment.