In Red Marks by Glenn McGoldrick the reader finds unemployed Michael not sure what he wants to do with his life. He must go to the Job Center to continue receiving benefits. He wasn’t too bad off today as he had found a purse with enough money to buy a few pints. Later there would be a visit with his parents where they would inquire about his job prospects and his love life. Michael was scheduled for some training but what he really needed was practice with communication skills. He just couldn’t connect with folks. That was what had happened with Becky. He knew she wanted to give him a message, but he just couldn’t get it out of her. His efforts ended in a breakup of their relationship.