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Yesterday Road by [Brennan, Kevin]
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Length: 210 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • File Size: 639 KB
  • Print Length: 210 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: October 17, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FZX2L22
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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"I'd rather have all of it back, bad and good, if that's what it takes to get the good." So says Jack Peckham to Ida Peevey as she races Jack to, what she hopes, is his home and family, his longed-for destination. Memory is a major theme in this new novel by Kevin Brennan. Some people, like Ida, feel cursed by the bad things they remember. On the other extreme is Jack, whose memory seems to wipe clean every time he sleeps. In the middle is Joe Easterday, a young man with Down's Syndrome, who tends to remember the good things. The lives of these three characters intersect and diverge on a journey that is at turns harrowing and hilarious.

Yesterday Road is a humorous, poignant, action-filled, meditative literary novel. To describe it with these adjectives makes me feel like I'm contradicting myself, but I'm not. Brennan has managed to write a novel that is as much a page-turner as a thoughtful exposition on memory. The main character, Jack, a man presumably in his 80s, finds himself lost and yet on a mission to "points East" where he expects to find his daughter. He manages his journey mainly through the kindness of strangers such as Joe, who he befriends on a train, and Ida, a middle-aged no-nonsense waitress, who winds up taking both men under her somewhat fragile wings.

Much of the humor in Yesterday Road resides in the scrapes that Jack (and later Joe) get into, the least of which is a carjacking by a former Mormon, cigarette smoking, whiskey swilling outlaw. Then there's Jack's penchant for collecting phrases that he likes the sound of: "Suit yourself" and "Tell me about it." There's plenty of deadpan humor in Yesterday Road, particularly coming from Jack, although not always intentionally.
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Self-publishing has a problem. A sticky, smelly problem that’s hard to wash off because the stain of poor writing is so embedded, like the smell of garlic in a French chef’s pores. That’s unfortunate because in many cases, there’s no stain at all. In fact, in its place, one can sometimes find a manila envelope full of cash that could even serve as a comfy pillow.

Yesterday Road is a prime example of all of the good things about self-publishing. It showcases an author who treats his work like his baby, making sure it not only has clean diapers and is presentable to the world, but I’ll be damned if it doesn't sing and dance as well. If I could ensure that every reader’s introduction to the new paradigm was this book, I would.

We’re treated to a wonderful journey with the primary focus on that of an old man whose memory is failing him and only a vague notion of where he’s headed. He crosses paths with all sorts of personalities–the most prominent being a mentally disabled boy-man with a big heart and a waitress coming to terms with regrets and responsibility. A cast of minor characters highlight the sometimes dark, sometimes humorous tale of someone seeking identity, who he is and who he was.

Brennan writes in a conversational tone that never gets in the way of the story, but hits all the right notes at the right time. For me, the deep character introspections were highlights.

If you haven’t read this yet, please do, even if you’re normally not a fan of something termed “literary fiction.” I read in many genres, so this wasn't a problem for me, but for those who rarely step outside their comfort zone–good writing is good writing and "Yesterday Road" is one place to find it.
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It isn't often that the sheer beauty of a novel stuns me to such a degree that I'm unable to put into words just how lovely and richly satisfying it is. Describing Yesterday Road is like trying to put into words how I feel when I witness the most beautiful of sunsets or hear the power of crashing ocean surf. How do you describe the fragrance of a rose? You can't. You must experience it for yourself.

Part of the magic of this novel is the way that it unveils and embraces the strength and tenacity of the human spirit. We all want to believe that good things come to those of us who do the right thing, no matter what the temptations we encounter as we travel through this life. We want good things to happen to the people of the world who struggle and strive and always take the high road. We are cheerleaders for those around us who are weak, fragile, delicate, and endangered. This novel is filled with heart and humor, pathos, and humanity. It is rich with tender moments that grab you and won't let you go. It's been a long time since I finished a novel and stared at the wall in amazement at what I'd just experienced. Kevin Brennan's stunning writing grabs your soul like that of J.D. Salinger, Silas House, and Wiley Cash.
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I enjoyed this book immensely. I thought that it was exceptionally well written, with a thought provoking, intelligent, and original plot. It was well paced and a real page turner.

I felt that this was the classic journey of discovery, but with one important difference. The character on the journey, to regain his memory of the past, was the one character that ultimately would not actually discover his history. He would simply be unable to retain that information. The supporting characters would be the ones that made the discoveries in this instance.

The main characters, Jack, Joe and Ida, were interesting and diverse in background, and the relationships built during the course of the story were fascinating. It was interesting how these relationships developed differently for each of them, being one sided since Jack could not remember anyone from longer than a day or so ago. So for him, the relationships were purely temporary. I found it very easy to connect with and relate with the main characters in the story.

Despite no backstory for the protagonist, Jack, he still seemed a very full and round character. His innate character and actions were what gave us information about him rather than descriptions of what he was like and his past. I also liked the humour that the author injected into what was a rather sad, but nevertheless uplifting story.

I found myself imagining what it would be like to not be able to remember anything past yesterday and how that would affect me, ultimately getting into a rather convoluted philosophical debate with myself about whether I would actually notice it, or is it just as an outside observer that I can feel such empathy for this character.
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