Superficially, his family was contented and relatively prosperous.'I guess we were lower middle-class,' he says unsentimentally.'My parents ran a grocery store, so we ate and slept well, owned a car.
Why else would he arrive for an interview with a mistress in tow?
But since his first-choice obsession has stood him up, what else to do but concentrate on his second, namely womanising?
The blonde in the Cadillac turns out to be his latest little dalliance, a giggling fortysomething Czech woman whom he introduces simply as Sveta.
His own version, however, brings unexpected verses, and as he reminisces one can at least begin to understand why he treated his daughter so harshly, and careered into the abyss.
The second of four siblings, Jim Pierce was born and raised in Greenboro, North Carolina.