Long Drive Home

Long Drive Home

A Novel

Book - 2011
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Baker & Taylor
Impulsively veering his car into the path of a reckless driver, Glen Bauer inadvertently kills a young man and constructs an elaborate cover story, a situation that is complicated by police suspicions, agonizing guilt and his 7-year-old daughter's witness to the crash. By the author of What You Have Left. 35,000 first printing.

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Impulsively veering his car into the path of a reckless driver, Glen Bauer inadvertently kills a young man and constructs an elaborate cover story, a situation that is complicated by police suspicions, agonizing guilt, and his seven-year-old daughter's witness to the crash.

Simon and Schuster
In his riveting new novel, Will Allison, critically acclaimed author of What You Have Left, crafts an emotional and psychological drama that explores the moral ambiguities of personal responsibility as it chronicles a father’s attempt to explain himself to his daughter—even though he knows that in doing so, he risks losing her.

Life can change in an instant because of one small mistake. For Glen Bauer, all it takes is a quick jerk of the steering wheel, intended to scare a reckless driver. But the reckless driver is killed, and just like that, Glen’s placid suburban existence begins to unravel.

Written in part as a confessional letter from Glen to his daughter, Sara, Long Drive Home evokes the sharp-eyed observation of Tom Perrotta and the pathos of Dan Chaon in its trenchant portrait of contemporary American life.

When Glen realizes no one else saw the accident, he impulsively lies about what happened—to the police, to his wife, even to Sara, who was in the backseat at the time of the crash. But a tenacious detective thinks Sara might have seen more than she knows, or more than her parents will let her tell. And when Glen tries to prevent the detective from questioning Sara, he finds himself in a high-stakes cat-and-mouse game that could end in a lawsuit or prison. What he doesn’t see coming is the reaction of his wife, Liz—a panicked plan that threatens to tear their family apart in the name of saving it.

But what if the accident wasn’t really Glen’s fault? What if someone else were to blame for the turn his life has taken? It’s a question Glen can’t let go of. And as he struggles to understand the extent of his own guilt, he finds himself on yet another collision course, different in kind but with the potential to be equally devastating. Long Drive Home is a stunning cautionary tale of unintended consequences that confirms Will Allison’s growing reputation as a rising literary talent.

Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2011
Edition: 1st Free Press hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781416543039
1416543031
Branch Call Number: FIC ALLISON
Characteristics: 215 p. ;,21 cm

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CindyDiane
Jul 21, 2014

I really wanted to enjoy this book. The beginning was fairly intense and draws the reader in immediately; however, it never goes anywhere. The emotional environment never changes, and it gets old before too long. I skimmed through the middle chapters before finally giving up. I understand the grief of making wrong choices, but the choice he made in the beginning wasn't even necessary. It was frustrating and made me unsympathetic to his continuous internal lament. How long does the reader have to be dragged along to get the point? Certainly not worthy of an entire book. Sadly, it just seemed like a waste of time to me.

momma_g Dec 19, 2012

The selfishness of the characters in this book make it impossible to have any kind of sympathy for their situation. I did not enjoy this book at all.

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BarbaraA
Jun 21, 2012

This is a thoughtful an interesting book but not for those who enjoy external action. It is a story of a man who makes a horrible choice and must live with the consequences. It's a psychological ride but the plot doesn't really "go" anywhere.

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