Danny is living with his father, Jack, in Ogunquit, Maine for the summer, maybe permanently. His parents were seventeen when he was born, unmarried and unready for a family. Jack left Danny and his mother, who continued to live with her parents. She still does. Its time for Jack and Danny to connect.
Jack hasnt changed much in twenty years. Hes still pretty much like a teenager, leaving Danny to himself most of the time. They both work in the gay bar Dishes (Danny as a dishwasher and Jack as a bartender) and they both are straight.
Jogging one day, Danny meets Mercy and theres a connection. But Mercy thinks Danny might be gay, especially considering Hector, a waiter, keeps flirting with him. Danny ultimately convinces her that hes straight.
Dishes by Rich Wallace is a very innocuous romance story, meaning it was fun to read but nothing makes it stand out. Youll enjoy it while you read it but you probably wont remember it after a month or two. While it deals with homosexuality, it certainly doesnt break any new ground. Its an easy and fast read (only 145 pages). The characters are fun. The action is reasonable. If youre looking for a short diversion, try Dishes.