“I think gay guys like weddings more than anyone. And it's not because we want to destroy marriage, like some people say. It's because we really, really want to get married!"
Russel Middlebrook is gettin' hitched!
The wedding is taking place in a remote lodge on an island in Puget Sound. Russel and his husband-to-be have invited all their close friends to spend the whole weekend together beforehand.
And for the first time in his life, Russel is determined to not be neurotic, and not over-think things.
But that's before things start going wrong. Who expected a dead killer whale to wash up on the beach below the inn? And what's this about a windstorm approaching? Then there's the problem of Russel's anxious fiancé, who is increasingly convinced the whole thing is going to be a disaster.
Meanwhile, the wedding is taking place near the ruins of a small town, Amazing, where, a hundred years earlier, the people supposedly all disappeared overnight. Why does it feel like the secret at the end of the road to Amazing has something to do with Russel's own future?
Can Russel's friends Min, Gunnar, Vernie, and Otto somehow help him make it all make sense?
The Road to Amazing, the final book in the Russel Middlebrook Futon Years trilogy, is a story about endings and beginnings, and also about growing up and growing older. But mostly it's a story about love and friendship—about how it's not the destination that makes a life amazing, but the people you meet along the way.
Praise for Brent Hartinger:
“Hits the narrative sweet spot."
— NPR's All Things Considered
— USA Today
“The Road to Amazing is a great, introspective story.”
– Rainbow Book Reviews
“Sometimes a book just sucks me in so hard that I almost cannot break away to do anything functional… [With The Road to Amazing,] I felt like I was on a sun-dappled raft floating along a warm vista-filled river while reading this book. I was so engaged … I’ll be honest, when I read the blurb for this book — after reading the actual book — I felt wistful and melancholy. I’m not ready to be done with Russel and Kevin.”
– V’s Reads
“The Road to Amazing has brought out a much-needed purpose in my life … I found so much truth in it. … It’s not just an unusual cast of characters that include a famous actor, a rich friend, intelligent and brilliant individuals that add to the magic of this series; it’s the truth behind each character. ”
– Sensible Reason Magazine
About the Author
BRENT HARTINGER is an author and screenwriter. His first novel, Geography Club, is also a successful stage play and a feature film co-starring Scott Bakula. He has since published twelve more novels, most from major publishers such as HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster. As a screenwriter, Brent has four film projects in development or pre-production, including Decked, the animated story behind a deck of playing cards, and The Starfish Scream, a teen drama. In 2005, Brent co-founded the entertainment website AfterElton.com, which was sold to MTV/Viacom in 2006. He currently co-hosts a podcast called Media Carnivores from his home in Seattle, where he lives with his husband, writer Michael Jensen. www.brenthartinger.com