Driver's Education

Driver's Education

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Baker & Taylor
Near death, a widower who neglected his son to take driving trips in a '56 Chevy Bel Air begs his grandson to retrieve the car, a quest that leads the young man through the cities where his grandfather had his greatest adventures.

Baker
& Taylor

A widower who neglected his son to take long driving trips in a '56 Chevy Bel Air lies on his deathbed and entreats his grandson to find and retrieve his beloved car, a quest that leads the young man, his disgruntled friend and a three-legged tabby cat through the cities where his grandfather had his greatest adventures. By the author of This Is How It Starts.

Simon and Schuster
In the tradition of Big Fish, a poignant and eccentric novel about fathers, sons, and the power of stories to change the way we see the world—and the people—around us.

He’s a big man, my granddad, not necessarilyin size or proportion, but in other ways, like the manner in which he lives. The trouble in which he finds himself. The magic that heconjures and the spectacular things he believes.

When he was a younger man, Alistair McPhee was fond of escaping in his ’56 Chevy Bel Air, Lucy, named for the cherished wife who died and left him and their nine-year-old son Colin behind. Yearning for a way to connect to his itinerant father, Colin turned to writing screenplays inspired by the classic films they used to watch together, while Colin’s own son, Finn, grew up listening to his grandfather spin tales of danger, heartbreak, and redemption on the road.

Now, at the end of his life and wishing to feel the wind in his hair one last time, Alistair charges his grandson with a task: bring Lucy to him in San Francisco from New York, where a man named Yip has been keeping her safe. The long road west will lead Finn, accompanied by his disgruntled friend Randal and an ancient three-legged orange cat named Mrs. Dalloway, through the very cities that supposedly bore witness to Alistair’s greatest adventures, offering an unlikely lesson in the differences between facts and truth, between boys and men.

Driver’s Education is at once a literary adventure and a finely detailed family portrait, combining in a bold declaration of Grant Ginder’s outstanding storytelling gifts.

Topical Term: Father-son relationship
Grandparent-grandchild relationship
Voyages and travels
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2013
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781439187357
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: 256 p. ; 24 cm

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Dec 04, 2017

A truly amazing storyteller, Grant's characters, approach and the humor that makes its way into the ending put him in a similar category with Richard Russo's "Nobody's Fool", or Michael Chabon's. "Wonder Boys" though different in all respects. Having driven cross country multiple times, he's done things here that we don't see often with road trip stories which I give high marks for. Highly recommended if you enjoy family/road trip or insights that make you think.

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