Traveling Light

Traveling Light

eBook - 2017
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"From the New York Times bestselling author and "masterful storyteller"* behind The Art of Arranging Flowers comes a new novel about the search for what really matters in life ... Driving from North Carolina to New Mexico with her three-legged dog, a strange man's ashes, and a waitress named Blossom riding shotgun isn't exactly what Alissa Wells ever wanted to be doing. But it's exactly what she needs ... It all starts when Alissa impulsively puts a bid on an abandoned storage unit, only to become the proud new owner of Roger Hart's remains. Two weeks later, she jumps in her car and heads west, thinking that returning the ashes of a dead man might be the first step on her way to a new life. She isn't wrong. Especially when Blossom, who just graduated from high school, hitches a ride with her to Texas, and Alissa has to get used to letting someone else take the wheel. Posting about their road trip on Facebook, complete with photos of Roger at every stop, Blossom opens Alissa's eyes to the road in front of her--and to how sometimes the best things in life are the ones you never see coming.
Publisher: New York : Berkley, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781101989050
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Call Number: eBook

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Apr 03, 2018

I really enjoyed this book, which read like a bildungsroman for 30-somethings instead of the usual "single girl tired of job meets guy" blah blah blah that appears to be the main story line offered to people my age.

Branard has a keen sense of the current trends in communication and pokes fun at her characters in short quips that are clever and enjoyable. I felt a keen sense of "I've been there" as I, like Al, deeply cared about someone in High School and it never came to be. Branard provides a lot of depth in her descriptions of Al's memories such that I could feel the twinge of discomfort.

This book is full of intriguing characters and those that are intentionally flat/not-dynamic are great at enhancing the dynamic characters. This book doesn't leave a "Awww, that was cute" platitude feeling in your mouth. What a pleasure to read.


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