In Noah’s Compass, a recently laid-off teacher who is just too old to find another job gets hit on the head and wakes up without being able to remember what happened. It bothers him. It bothers him a lot. And so he sets out to find the missing chunk, never finds it, of course, but along the way finds a girlfriend (of sorts), rediscovers his teenage daughter, babysits his grandson, gets another job (sort of), and ends up reconnecting with the world from which he managed to slip away. Sweet (but never sugary) and finely observed.