It is interesting and vital to undertake a profound analysis of the character of Dylan, a 48 year old musician, who is going through depressed moods. In a close understanding of the story, it becomes lucid that Dylan, who writes songs for his living, is an alcoholic due mainly to his experiences. He is undergoing a divorce and he adores his two beautiful children. The basic problem with this character is that he does not any longer have respect for himself and he thoroughly feels helpless at times. "To overcome his depressed moods, he self medicates with near lethal doses of alcohol. But it is a condition of the treatment that he turns up sober to the sessions. In his sobriety, and under the group's gaze, he must face up to his compulsive behavior." (Yamey, 2000). Through the slow but skilful efforts of Charles Lathon, the therapist, the group in general and Dylan in particular discovers the factors behind the 'suffering conversations'. Therefore, the character of Dylan in the story has a major role to play in the group as he proves how Tuckman's model of group development fits to this group of six young men in search of life.
The novel Groups gives a real-life account of the personal struggles of six young men and the experience of Dylan in the form of psycho therapy. Paul Solotaroff, the author, who is a journalist by trade and a former patient of a pseudonymous 'Dr.