This is a blackly comic and heart-rending odyssey. It is a story that will keep you reading until the next page.
I am trying to read authors across Canada this year because it is part of our Canadian Book Review Challenge. I am finding that writers from different areas write very different stories, even if they are in the same genre. I find this very interesting indeed!
This story is about a scrappy tough guy and three-time loser Johnny Keough. They are going a little stir-crazy awaiting trial for an assault charge involving his girlfriend Madonna, and a teapot.
Facing three to five years in maximum security, Johnny knows this might just be the end of this road. But Madonna doesn’t show up for court due to a fatal accident. Johnny seizes his unexpected clean slate as a sign from above and embarks on an epic hitchhiking journey across Canada to deliver Madonna’s ashes to a fabled beach on the outskirts of Vancouver.
Johnny’s wanderings see him through surprising connections and ill-fated adventures, not least of which is coming face-to-face with his incarcerated biological father in Kingston jail. But most of all, he revisits the choices and mistakes of his past–his relationships with his adoptive father and a cousin who meant the world to him, and his first real chance at love with the woman who is now lost forever.
This is one man’s redemptive story about recuperating from a life of petty crime and shattered relationships. What results is a new man emerging from within, the one he so desperately wants to become.