In the best tradition of the great American memoir, "Any Road Will Take You There" is honest, unflinching, and tender. A middle-age father takes the reader on a five-thousand-mile road trip, the one he always wished he'd taken as a young man. Recently divorced and uncertain of the future, he rereads the iconic road story - Jack Kerouac's "On the Road" - and along with his two sons and his best friend, heads for the highway to rekindle his spirit. However, a family secret turns the cross-country journey into an unexpected examination of his role as a father, and compels him to look to the past and the fathers who came before him to find contentment and clarity, and celebrate the struggles and triumphs of being a dad.
|Publisher:||Dream of Things|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.51(d)|
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We are proud to announce that ANY ROAD WILL TAKE YOU THERE by David W. Berner is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!
I have seldom read a book that was more honest and clear. Relationships between fathers and sons are complicated because so much is expressed with such a small amount of actual communication. The relationship has to be gleaned from an occasional arm around the shoulders, a day of getting the wading pool up in the back yard, the love for one's pets, holding the bucket and other bits of humanity that we experience and store in our memories to be pondered at a later date. For Dave Berner, that date arrives in the form of a road trip in an RV inspired by On the Road by Jack Kerouac. Berner grabs his bag of bits, his beloved sons and his oldest friend and heads out to perhaps find out what these bits mean in the grand plan of "living a good loving life." Dave keeps it gentle and admits that finding "clarity" isn't always easy because the path is rarely clear. Along the way, Dave observes his own sons as unique and complex young men and we get the feeling that his father probably felt the same way about Dave. There is deep mutual respect in this book for life's twists and turns but Dave places no blame. He observes and processes the past, his relationships, and his life. He grants respect to everyone past and present. This respect is the kind that feels noble and restores faith in the fact people do remember the things that we do and the experiences we share. This road trip is a beautiful and real story of the love we experience, feel, seek, throw away, regain, and pass on life's highway. It is dreamy and satisfies a frequent fantasy we all have of physically rambling nowhere but sorting and reliving our own thoughts. I found extraordinary clarity of thought and emotion in this wonderful book. A beautiful read that I highly recommend to anyone who has had a father, is a father, knows a father or wants to be a better father. Actually, I highly recommend it to everyone because it is a lovely read. -- Marcella Mencotti