The autobiography of David Flynn, I : A Life, continues where Volume 1 left off. The second volume includes age 30 to 50. Flynn attends graduate school at Boston University. He meets famous authors. In his class are future well-known writers. After a year of adjunct teaching in Boston, he attends the University of Nebraska. There on the plains he earns a doctorate in creative writing. His wife becomes pregnant, and a daughter, Caitlin, is born. Soon the wife leaves with his new baby, then they get back together in Nashville for a few years. Raising the baby is a joy. The couple, however, decide to divorce. The autobiography continues as Flynn teaches for a year in Japan with the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program. After, he returns to Nashville to teach at a state university. His father has terminal cancer. his father dies, and his mother is mentally ill. The next job he gets is teaching at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. For several years he teaches English there. He has a writing residency in Ireland. His job is cut in the middle of summer. He has another writing residency in Israel during the first intifadah. For a year he returns to Hawaii to teach at the branch of a Japanese school. That job ends also, and during a residency in Taos, NM, he achieves a job near Nashville at a community college. He teaches English, literature and journalism there. He dates. Every week he sees his daughter as she grows up. As this second part of his autobiography shows, life seems to be settling down. That is an illusion.