Underground Nest by Kathleen Maher
Approx. 23,180 words.
Published on November 24, 2012.
When Zachary Severins, dedicated Scoutmaster and community leader, is caught cheating on his wife, she divorces him, his children lose respect for him, and his mistress spurns him. Only after Zach loses everything does he start to learn the true meaning of friendship, love, and responsibility. Underground Nest is a briskly told short novel with surprising empathy for its unlikeable protagonist.