In this novella Wm. Anthony Connolly performs a juggling act between hilarity and heartbreak. Connolly's focus is Michael Cross, a middle-aged college professor and writer who wants very much to leave his rebellious past behind. But life just won't let him. In the course of a week, Cross will crash his car, be publicly humiliated, be visited by someone he'd soon forgot, be mistaken for Nick Nolte (again!), eulogize a dog, attend a gay wedding, and travel clear across country with his 16-year-old daughter, Hope, in a uniquely-decorated VW Microbus. All this while coming to terms with the end of his marriage, the dereliction of his youthful promise, and an over-active bladder. In the end the strange and beautiful trip helps Cross get back what he may have lost - himself.
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It is said we all have a story to tell. Anthony Connolly's novella, 'Get Back', is a thinking man's (what makes you think?) work of fiction that portrays his central character, Michael Cross, following a stream-of-consciousness path of a man caught between the present and the doctrines that framed his youthful illusions. Connolly's protagonist bridges the gap separating Michener's wandering sojourners from 'The Drifters' to an older, and questionably, wiser generation. In context so much had changed, and so much hadn't, as Michael Cross follows the taillights leading him back to the past. As Cross travels with his daughter to the heartland of his youth he is caught in a time warp that returns him to the mantra of the '60's. This charming tale is punctuated with a cornucopia of 'whats?' that applies the wisdom of the writer to our own everyday lives. A must read for a rainy afternoon.