Long Drive Home: A Novel

Long Drive Home: A Novel

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by Will Allison
     
 

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In this New York Times bestselling psychological thriller, “a gripping morality tale that raises questions about race, conscience, and the responsibilities of parenthood” (People), a happily married man makes a split-second decision that sends his life into a devastating tailspin.

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In this New York Times bestselling psychological thriller, “a gripping morality tale that raises questions about race, conscience, and the responsibilities of parenthood” (People), a happily married man makes a split-second decision that sends his life into a devastating tailspin.

In his riveting new novel, Will Allison, critically acclaimed author of What You Have Left, crafts an emotional and psychological drama that explores the moral ambiguities of personal responsibility as it chronicles a father’s attempt to explain himself to his daughter—even though he knows that in doing so, he risks losing her.

Life can change in an instant because of one small mistake. For Glen Bauer, all it takes is a quick jerk of the steering wheel, intended to scare a reckless driver. But the reckless driver is killed, and just like that, Glen’s placid suburban existence begins to unravel.

Written in part as a confessional letter from Glen to his daughter, Sara, Long Drive Home evokes the sharp-eyed observation of Tom Perrotta and the pathos of Dan Chaon in its trenchant portrait of contemporary American life.

When Glen realizes no one else saw the accident, he impulsively lies about what happened—to the police, to his wife, even to Sara, who was in the backseat at the time of the crash. But a tenacious detective thinks Sara might have seen more than she knows, or more than her parents will let her tell. And when Glen tries to prevent the detective from questioning Sara, he finds himself in a high-stakes cat-and-mouse game that could end in a lawsuit or prison. What he doesn’t see coming is the reaction of his wife, Liz—a panicked plan that threatens to tear their family apart in the name of saving it.

But what if the accident wasn’t really Glen’s fault? What if someone else were to blame for the turn his life has taken? It’s a question Glen can’t let go of. And as he struggles to understand the extent of his own guilt, he finds himself on yet another collision course, different in kind but with the potential to be equally devastating. Long Drive Home is a stunning cautionary tale of unintended consequences that confirms Will Allison’s growing reputation as a rising literary talent.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781451608199
Publisher:
Free Press
Publication date:
05/17/2011
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
695,171
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author


Will Allison’s debut novel, What You Have Left, was selected for Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers, Borders Original Voices, and Book Sense Picks, and was named one of 2007’s notable books by the San Francisco Chronicle. His short stories have appeared in magazines such as Zoetrope: All-Story, Glimmer Train, and One Story and have received special mention in the Pushcart Prize and Best American Short Stories anthologies. He is the former executive editor of Story. Born in Columbia, South Carolina, he now lives with his wife and daughter in New Jersey. Learn more about Will Allison at www.willallison.com.

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Long Drive Home 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 91 reviews.
TheRogueNerd More than 1 year ago
I saw a positive review for this book in a People magazine. And it wasn't just one of those small blurbs, it took up the whole page. It sounded really, really good. No spoilers, but it shows how in a matter of seconds how many lives can change because of 1 tiny decision. Anyways, I read the reviews (there weren't many) on my Nook and noticed many people commented on how short it was. So I looked at the product details and it said 224 pages (around there). Now I know Nook pages and book pages aren't the same, but usually they're in the same vicinity. Not with this book. After buying it for $9.99, it only had 132 pages on the Nook, and only 107 pages of it is the actual book. It was really, really good. It had all the makings of a great novel. But then it ends abruptly and you feel like they forgot to give you the rest of the book. I guess I should be grateful I didn't pay for an actual book, but I feel like someone gave me a taste of something excellent and then said I wasn't allowed to have anymore. If you can deal with this, buy it. Would I do it over if I could? No.
grumpydan More than 1 year ago
While, driving his daughter home from school, Glen succumbs to road rage that results in the death of a teenage driver. Although, not accused of a crime, the guilt he feels cause the dissolution of his marriage. This short novel is packed with emotion as Glen unravels from his actions, and marriage crumbles. Part of the story is his confession to his six-year old daughter through letters. Will Allison's novel makes the reader think about what one's actions. I found it enjoyable and read it in one sitting. When finishing though, I was wanting more.
BRENNA O'Malley More than 1 year ago
This is the same exact cover as the book mocking bird, at first i thought it was a sequel but now i realize its not also the book is pretty much on the same subject...?
BookHounds More than 1 year ago
Glen writes his daughter, Sara, a letter explaining what went wrong in his marriage to Liz and the events that lead up to their divorce. The letter is interspersed with the story of that time period. In a way, Glen is asking his daughter for forgiveness and trying to make thing right when he lies and tries to make her believe that the accident she witnessed as a six year old didn't happen the way it really did. Glen and his wife try to cover up his involvement in the accident by lying to the police when questioned about exactly how the accident occurred. I just really got a uneasy feeling from the actions of both these characters, especially his lawyer wife, Liz, who immediately wants a divorce to protect their assets. In parts, this book really creeped me out. The crux of the whole story centers around the accident where Glen tries to scare a wreckless driver by swerving a bit in front of him to stop his erratic speeding and instead the car rolls, killing the teen driver. Sara sitting in the backseat remembers details but not everything, she knows just enough to really incriminate her father. The main part that really bothered me about this accident is that, yes, Glen is partially at fault for the accident, but it would have not been as severe or even avoided, if the teen had been driving safely. The police who question him really seem to be out to get him since they know he is lying. Glen also is incredibly immature and this is shown in great detail when he stalks another driver who threatens him after a previous run in right before the accident. The story really brings to light how little things can add up to create a monsterous problem.
Cody_ More than 1 year ago
This book, although short, is definitely worth both your time and money. With strong character personalities it's easy to lose yourself in this novel. The book will really make you think twice before you do anything, even if you think it's the right choice at the time. One little mishap could happen to change your entire life forever. This is what you'd call a "real-life" book. I didn't read any reviews before I bought this book, so I was quite surprised when I saw this book's ratings. This book is MUCH better than these reviews may lead on. I am more than glad to say this has been a really good, short read and that I would definitely recommend this book to a friend.
BloomNookFan More than 1 year ago
Quite possibly one of the most annoyingly stupid protagonists in literary history.
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