The Easy Way Out
The Easy Way Out, by Stephen McCauley
By the author of The Object of My Affection.
Patrick O'Neil is a travel agent who never goes anywhere. His closest confidante, Sharon, is chain-smoking her way to singles hell, passing up man after man. His parents, proprietors of a suburban men's store, can't agree how best to interfere in their sons' lives. And his lover, Arthur (a golden retriever of a guy to whom Patrick can't quite commit), wants to cement their relationship by buying a house.
Then a call comes in the middle of the night. Tony, Patrick's straight-as-an-arrow younger brother, has fallen in love with a beautiful lawyer who is turning him on to opera. Unfortunately, she's not the woman he's already pledged to marry. Tony's life is a mess. Finally, the brothers have something in common.