It’s been about eight months since Dr. Michael Ungar released his first novel and so far, the profusion of online feedback has mostly come from human service professionals. Simply put, whether you are a social worker or a milkman, grew up in foster care or lived a sheltered life, you have to read The Social Worker. It’s the back and forth story of Joey as a young social services client and then as a professional case worker. While serving time in a correctional facility, he forms his first close bond with John, a social worker, proving that water is often thicker than blood. John inspires Joey to follow in his footsteps, albeit Joey does so unconventionally. Ungar keeps readers enraptured until the very end when Joey finally realizes the disturbing stories of his past. The novel’s sad, happy and baffling events all surpass the realm of cliche. The Social Worker is exemplary of how fiction can be more honest than surface reality.