Thursday, September 1, 2016

BOOKLIST REVIEW OF MOTIONAL BLUR







September 1, 2016

Motional Blur

Eringer, Robert

Oct 2016. 160 p. Skyhorse, hardcover, $18.99


Investigative journalist Eringer's new novel is the coming-of-age story of a middle-aged man.  Luke Andersen is a Santa Barbara surfer who makes his living as a hired driver and karaoke host.  His plans rarely extend beyond the next killer wave.  

On Luke's 39th birthday, a mysterious older man, Charles Gearhart, hires Luke to drive him to Las Vegas.  But when the pair reach their destination, Charles decides to continue their journey, and, though Luke grumbles, he complies.  

As the two-men road-trip through Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Oregon, and California, Charles dispenses life lessons on various topics, such as standing up to bullies, staying true to one's word, and drinking martinis properly.  And as the men explore questions of masculinity and responsibility, Luke confronts the reasons he may be stuck in arrested development.

Eringer's present-tense narration and conversational style keep the reader engaged throughout the novel.

Fans of road-trip stories will enjoy the ride and descriptions of the American West.