- 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
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's the first 'coming-of-old-age' book that I have read and it made me realize how much I should respect my grandparents.Published 7 months ago by Tony R. McNeal
I recently read 'The 100 year old man who climbed out of the window and disappeared,' but stopped after a few chapters as I was bored. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Kats
Kevin Brennan has created characters with such depth that I could not help but feel love and compassion for them in reading this novel. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Kitt O'Malley
Yesterday Road tells the tale of Jack, an old man looking for something but unsure exactly what that something is. Jack has trouble with his memory. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Mr Dylan S Hearn
Such an unusual and poignant story. It's like nothing I've ever read before. It kept me fascinated and it was hard to put it down.Published on July 12, 2014 by T Miller
This is the poignant tale of an old man at the end of his life who goes on a quest, takes to the road, to search for his his past. Read morePublished on July 10, 2014 by Margaret Langstaff
What a delightful read. The story is peopled that I'd like to know in person. This book takes one on a unique journey that warms the heart.Published on July 6, 2014 by Julianne Hanel
I once read that all memory is fiction. What remains rather than specific details is the perception and the ghost of emotions garnered from that memory. Read morePublished on March 27, 2014 by Book Addict
This was a book that I could relate to because my age is similar to the main caracters age. I enjoyed the story very much and
am glad I was able to read this book.
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