Jackie Ess is a novelist, the author of Darryl (Clash, 2021), which is her first book, of hopefully many. That's the main thing you ought to know about her for now. Darryl is a meditation on, among other things, meditation, marriage, manhood, basketball, sobriety, trans this and that, 70s jazz, Walt Whitman, opera, space rock, and the secret lives of Oregonians. It's also the story of one man, Darryl, who awakens in some small way as he explores the cuckolding and swinging lifestyle. It can happen anywhere.