My publicist has been discussing talking points for North of the Tension Line. In working through my suggestions, I left my notebook on the kitchen table while I cooked dinner, and my husband got his hands on it. In retrospect, I should have foreseen this.

What follows are his ideas for talking points for North of the Tension Line.

1) There is a talking goat.

2) There is a protagonist who is suspected of writing pornography, perhaps involving the goat.

3) Outrageous things happen after a spontaneous dare.

4) There is a male character who quotes Noel Coward but is, oddly enough, apparently not gay.

They are actually all true.

But he’s still a goof ball.