In the mid-1950s, Jack Dayton flees his working-class prospects in Omaha and heads to Hollywood, convinced he’ll be the next James Dean. But sleazy casting couches don't earn him stardom, and despair leads to a series of poor decisions that ultimately find him at a cheap motel off Route 66, lifeless at the bottom of the pool.
Sixty years later, Tag Manning, feeling hopeless and empty, flees his most recent relationship mistake and takes to the open road. On a roundabout route to Las Vegas, he pulls over to rest at an isolated spot on Route 66. There’s no longer a motel or pool, but when Tag resumes his journey to Vegas, he finds he’s transporting a hitchhiking ghost. Jack and Tag come to find much-needed friends in each other, but one man is a phantom and the other is strangely cursed. Time is running out for each of them, and they must face the fact that a future together may not only be a gamble... it may not be in the cards.
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What a wonderful, wonderful book. At first I couldn't see how this could end so well for Tag, a man who due to circumstances of his childhood, had no real faith in himself and the world. Everything was muted for him, and he was on a trip to somewhere to find something. He wanders of a highway exit where a motel had once been, and there he unexpectedly picks up a ghost by the name of Jack, who had met his demise 60 years earlier at that spot. Together, they travel to Las Vegas on Tag's journey to somewhere. These two men had such emotional depths to them. You could feel the disconnect that Tag had with himself. You could feel the wonder that Jack had, experiencing the world 60 years later. And you could feel the emotional connection, the emotional healing the two of them had for each other. I hurt when they hurt. I laughed when they laughed, and I grieved when they grieved. There are paranormal, spiritual and supernatural elements to this story that I just loved. The solution to the dilemna that I worried about while reading comes around full circle, making it a very satisfying ending for me.