Protagonist Bill Warrington realizes he has Alzheimer’s and is determined to repair a lifetime of damage to his estranged adult children. He takes off with his fifteen-year-old granddaughter April on a cross-country drive, bound for San Francisco, where she dreams of becoming a rock star. As the unlikely pair heads west, Bill leaves clues intended to force his three children to overcome their mutual distrust and long-held grievances to work together to find them. Unflinching, funny and poignant, this novel speaks to that universal longing for familial reconciliation, love, and forgiveness. By the end of the story I felt each member of this normal and normally dysfunctional family was a good friend I knew very well.
Great work for a debut novel! We plan to discuss it in December.