A 28 year old wakes up when he realizes that death is imminent. After his job lays him off, Cosmo Greco takes his sister, Silvia, up on her offer to drive to Portland. At the beginning of the trip, a Mack truck wipes them off the road, nearly killing them. This near-death experience is a wake-up call for Cosmo, and he begins to question the life he’s been leading. He realizes that he’s not happy with his current life and wants to make a change. A number of encounters along the way reinforce this desire, but he’s afraid to leave the familiarity of his humdrum existence for the unknown. Cosmo’s journey is set against the backdrop of the American road with vivid, soulful descriptions and a cast of colorful characters. Reviewers such as Kirkus and Midwest Book Review have called this a poignant and well-drawn soaring story that opens readers eyes to new perspectives.
"The characters the two siblings meet along the way-whether delightfully crazy or attractive or lost-serve as foils for a kind of personal growth particular to a road-trip scenario, and the landscape of the vast space between the East and West coasts acts as a catalyst for emotional and spiritual change. Author Mattioli (Olive Branches Don't Grow on Trees, 2012) writes in an assured voice that carries the story through its potentially sentimental passages, and...by the end, (readers) may be surprised find that they, too, have undergone an emotional odyssey...poignant and well-drawn." Kirkus Reviews
"A warm blend of travel and observation, family interrelationships, and reflections that ultimately captures the meaning and purpose of getting away and journeying to new places...a soaring story of one man's exploration of new possibilities, new worlds, and ultimately, a newfound purpose to life." Midwest Book Review
"As you feel yourself traveling with these Grecos, you see Cosmo's world open and expand with each cathartic, soothing and beautiful scene or person he discovers." Ruth Amernick, reviewer for Library Journal
"The book isn't just about Cosmo's journey. It takes a hard look at the lives we live, the monotony we assume is a part of adulthood and the mediocrity we're content to settle for. Through Cosmo's shoes, the reader's perspectives are quietly opened to new possibilities." The Lit Room Reviews
About the Author
Grace Mattioli is the author of Olive Branches Don't Grow On Trees (2012) and Discovery of an Eagle (2014). She writes contemporary fiction filled with humor and insight. Escape into a world of colorful, unforgettable characters as they search for answers to the big questions in life. Laugh, cry, be inspired and gain valuable insights about what it takes to be truly happy.