Thomas had an affair, and as a result he's ruined his marriage and his life. In Cicada, Jasue Menjivar presents the aftermath of Thomas's mistake as he flits about sleazy motels in a vain attempt to reignite his libido and his soul. There's an ongoing analogy between Thomas's predicament and the life cycle of the cicada (a locust-like insect that hibernates for 17 years and then reappears en masse for a brief period), but the connection doesn't quite materialize. Menjivar provides enough character background to understand that Thomas has screwed up, and enough squashed bugs to produce some visceral disgust, but there isn't quite enough story for the reader to actually sympathize with Thomas (or even dislike him). Overall, Cicada was a good showing, but it needs something more to be truly satisfying.