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I selected this book off the shelf due to the title and cover. I didn’t expect to like it so much! This was a light and insightful book about a fellow with little direction who finds his way. I thought it was great!
posted Jun 26, 2006 at 8:43PM
Jan G. said:
"My parents' Ford station wagon hit a concrete divider on U.S. 95 outside Biddeford, Maine, in August 1990." This is how Smithy Ide, overweight and alcoholic, begins his story and his healing journey. Drunk and in dispair, he jumps on his old raleigh bicycle and starts riding. The chapters alternate with his current adventures and his memories of growing up with a sister with severe mental health problems. While riding, he snaps out of his stupor, faces his demons and acknowledges the love that has been there all along. This is a beautifully written tale of survival.
posted Jun 29, 2006 at 2:40PM
This was a wonderful book. The main character finds his way, comes to terms with family issues and truly blossoms. I really enjoyed this book. It is well written.
posted Oct 16, 2006 at 6:36PM
Excellent..........try to get the Audio Book!
posted Apr 16, 2007 at 6:24PM
Holly R. said:
After his parents' funeral, with no money, and still wearing a suit, 43-year-old drunk Smithy Ide pedals his ancient Raleigh bicycle out of Rhode Island to rescue his long-lost sister.
posted Jun 11, 2012 at 4:14PM
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Couch potato; on a cross-country bike journey to reclaim the body of his recently deceased older sister.