Getting There is based on Boylan's experiences hitchhiking throughout North America between 1971 and 1975. Boylan received his BS from Grand Valley State University in 1978 and is cofounder and managing director of a private equity firm. He and his wife, Kathy, are the parents of four children, Shannon, Moira, Joe, and Dan, and live in Royal Oak, Michigan.
Getting Thereby Gerry Boylan
In 1973, after a shocking event turned his life upside down, Luke spent his youth hitchhiking along I-75 between Florida and Michigan, meeting an extraordinary cast of characters, surviving the dangers and tragedies of the road, and falling in love.Fast-forward thirty years: Luke now struggles to reconcile the boy he was with the middle-aged father he's become. And he wonders whether it's wise to trust the young hitchhiker he's picked up on his latest road trip.
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This book had me engaged until the very end. I loved the characters and loved the Michigan landmarks that kept popping up. I will be keeping an eye out for the twin cops as I drive I-75 headed up north. There was just enough suspense to keep me reading, tied together with stories of family and friends and the trials and tribulations of being a teenager trying to grow up to be a somewhat well-adjusted adult - and having fun along the way.
Getting There is a rich and well rounded narrative, rife with observation, insight, humor, poignancy, tragedy, amusing vignettes, compelling characters and mystery. All unfolding during a captivating sequence of events, told in parallel stories by the young "Luke" in 1973, and the mature "Luke", in 2003, entwined through hitchhiking. From the perspective of being a "child of the times", it's contemplative analysis of misspent youth is cathartic, and is an aspect that will touch many from "our generation", although any generation will relate. As well, it is a penetrating study into the insecurities, woes, wonders and joys of companionship, family, marriage and parenting. It is an alluring witty entertaining tale of life, love and hope, that I highly recommend. A most enjoyable peruse!