Drifting in the Push

Daniel Garrison. Tongue & Groove, $11.95 trade paper (265p) ISBN 978-0-9976-3630-7
Garrison, a restless college student, puts an often hilarious modern spin on On The Road in this gonzo tribute to young wanderlust and overcoming difficulties through grit, determination, and humor. His parents’ divorce was the start of his quest for adventure and freedom from family conflicts, and he went off in a nomadic search for belonging amid a series of unsatisfying jobs. The comic relief in this cycle of interdependent short essays is ably provided by Garrison’s best pals, Bryan and Shane, and his loyal canine, Hank, as he recounts setting up camp in one place after another throughout the U.S. and Mexico. He collected a motley crew of colorful characters and crises, venturing out into the wilderness but often returning home. His travel bug sent him out solo, “leapfrogging from hostel to hostel and train to train” through country after country; he made it to Turkey before going broke. Some episodes fall flat, but taken as a collection, they pack a zany wallop. In Garrison’s world, enlightenment and sensibility come through besting obstacles and challenges while avoiding failures and disappointment. (BookLife)
Reviewed on: 03/27/2017
Release date: 07/01/2016
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