Do you love road trips? Hop in the back seat of Dan's 66 GTO convertible and ride along with him as he travels cross-country in search of his missing brother. The trip is sure to blow your mind! If you are a baby boomer who came of age in the 60s, you should not pass up Dan's book.
Dan's memoir; mostly truth, part fiction, is a tribute to his older brother Rich, whom he will always consider a casualty of the post-Vietnam era. Missing in America for the past 45 years, Rich mysteriously reappears along with his '66 GTO convertible and coerces Dan to retrace the cross-country route he took back in 1970 to settle in a commune in Corrales, New Mexico. With Dan taking control behind the wheel and the spirit of Rich in the passenger seat, Dan recreates some of Rich's experiences as a flower child/Jesus freak. They visit places like The Badlands, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Yellowstone, The Grand Tetons, Elko Nevada, the Haight/Ashbury District, Yosemite, the Grand Canyon and Zion National Park in an attempt to understand the life Rich chose, which was so drastically different from Dan's.
Along the way they relive memories of the brief 18 years they shared growing up in the absence of their alcoholic father in a struggling single parent household of five kids. In exploring their relationship, Dan confronts several personal issues surrounding the role Rich played in shaping who he became and the impact Rich's disappearance has had on his life.
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Stunning Moving Journey into the Long Lost Past
Yes I would. It was a deep and moving story of family and the bond shared by brothers during a troubled time in this country. It is especially relevant now for family to be even more important than ever.
The best part was thee ending. It was a payoff for an amazing story. I was shocked and stunned by it.
My favorite scene was Rich and Danny peeing out of the Attic window on Grandma's rosebush and the having it die later on in the summer. Good for the old witch making them sleep up there.
The ending made me cry. There were also several times Rich's actions really made me angry at how insensitive he was to Danny growing up.
"This review copy audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge via Audiobook Boom."
- Joseph Mahoney
Drove along with Danny to Yellowstone!
- Amazon Customer