Vincent Nolan, neo-nazi, walks into the Manhattan office of the World Brotherhood Watch, a human rights foundation, headed by a charismatic Holocaust survivor, Meyer Maslow. Vincent has had a change of heart and he wants to do some good - he wants, he tells Maslow and his associate Bonnie Kalen, to help stop guys like him from becoming guys like him.
There are a few things he doesn't tell them about - the money and drugs he's stolen from his cousin Raymond and the anger management course he's just been forced to complete, but he is comes across as honest and sincere and Meyer Maslow thinks he's just the thing the foundation needs to get the media to sit up and notice them. Bonnie is persuaded to put him up in the house she shares with her sons Danny, 16, and Max, 12. Bonnie is divorced from her husband, Joel, a surgeon who has been a far-from ideal father.
Francine Prose is excellent at developing character - we come to see events from all points of view, but particularly from that of Meyer Maslow, Bonnie and of course Vincent. Her style of writing is unfussy, insightful, character-driven. She is also a great storyteller and events move at a good pace. Vincent's change of heart is real - but his past was always going to catch up with him. A Changed Man is a superb read, thoughtful, heartfelt, often funny and sometimes touching - and in the end, remarkably uplifting.