The Passage

The Passage

by Thomas William Simpson

Hardcover(First hardcover Edition)

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ISBN-13: 9781538039113
Publisher: NOOK Press
Publication date: 10/09/2017
Edition description: First hardcover Edition
Pages: 326
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

Many of my novels start out as modern day Huck Finns. And for good reason; not only is The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn one of the great novels in American literature but it more than any other single book inspired me to become a novelist. Or, as I prefer to call myself, a storyteller. Storytelling is an immensely important component of any culture. It is stories, after all, that define us, give our lives meaning, make us reach for the proverbial stars. When I was a kid in my early twenties I used to ride around the country on Greyhound buses. You could slap down $99 and be handed a pass that allowed you to ride a bus anywhere Greyhound traveled for thirty days. I would get on in New York City, get off in New Orleans, get on in Baton Rouge, get off in Los Angeles or Seattle, Washington. It was how I saw the country. How I met Americans of every race, creed, and color. It was education unto itself. I would take long overnight runs so I could sleep without paying for a room. One night an old black man spent hours telling me about a cross country trip he’d taken with his father during the Depression. Another night I met a father and his teenage son riding the bus from Kentucky to Portland, Oregon where he hoped to find work in a friend’s father’s lumber mill. Cross country treks. If you’re an American you should be crossing this great country at least once every decade. More often if you can afford the time. And if not coast to coast at least most of the way across. By car, by train, by bike, by motorcycle. For Americans these are rites of passages. I’ve been to all fifty states and plan on visiting them all again… with my kids. The plot of The Passage centers on the relationship between Josh and Big Jack. But it is the country—the vastness of America—that takes our breath away. America, as you know if you’ve been out to see it, is a country so big and overwhelming it can swallow you whole. I was never estranged from my father the way Josh is estranged from Big Jack. But my father was a busy man with many kids and his own business, and try though I did, it was tough sometimes to get his attention. I drew on this childhood reality to hone in on the terrible angst that exists between Josh and Big Jack. Ultimately, as every good novel should, The Passage revealed to me the truth that we share our fears and wants with countless others. We are all in this mess together. We need not suffer in solitude; experience is universal.

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