Benny, an eleven-year-old with Down syndrome and a love for action movies, decides to save his grieving dad from the dark halo of death, setting off a chain of adventures and accidental heroism that stretches from Ohio to Nevada.
Ray just wants to sleep. Racked with guilt and plagued by insomnia, he sees a road trip as a way to put distance on the memories that haunt him and his son in their empty house.
Grace knows what fate her memory lapses hold in store. Panicked and desperate to visit an icon from her past before she forgets it ever existed, she travels a route unplanned, in a car from the past, a white man at the wheel and his curious son in the back seat. She can't shake the feeling the boy controls the journey and something greater than their physical selves rides shotgun.
What readers are saying:
"The characters are down to earth, witty, and insightful. In fact, I wrote down several lines to reference, as I maneuver through life's daily challenges and choices. The relationship between Benny and Grace is a delight. The father/son dynamic is a pleasure to watch unfold. I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading more books by this author."
"I love how the author describes each character, especially Benny. He's funny and has an imagination ... I'm sure you will have a few chuckles along the way."
"It's not that I couldn't put it down, I didn't want to. The characters, the scenes, and the senses live and move from page to page, every character motivated to help the others -- even the bad guy."
"What a fun book to read! I didn't want to put it down. I loved the characters, especially the son Benny. What would they get themselves into next? From the title it wasn't what I expected. A pleasant surprise and a great book to read while traveling."
"The character development was very polished in this creative adventure. I felt like I knew and loved all three major characters; their interwoven stories were remarkably well done. The author used humor, lines from old movies, and sprinkling of unusual things like poker hands and Native American culture to add richness and intrigue to the story. Once I started it, I could not put it down. I normally read mystery and thriller novels, yet I LOVED this book. I highly recommend it and seriously hope the sequel is forthcoming!"