Stunt Road, satirical, entertaining, provocative
Live in northern British Columbia and love the wildlife, rural life, crackling fire in the fireplace in winter, book in hand. One short story to my credit, working on a possible book. In the meantime, I review books as a creative outlet and hobby. I have a blog of book reviews called R&B: Read and Blog http://nightreader-blog.blogspot.com/View all articles by Betty Gelean
Book Review: Stunt Road by Gregory Mose
When his challenger reneges and doesn't even return his calls, Pete is devastated. He takes a long drive up into the mountains, gets out of the car and gives in to memories and self-deprecation over his apparent latest folly. He is so deep into his thoughts that he doesn't realize he is not alone. A man on horseback has come up the trail behind him. Both begin to talk and it appears that both are soul-searching and currently unemployed. Jake does not laugh at Pete's program but seems very interested in it and soon has turned Pete's thoughts to positive ones.
The journey of selling his idea and program begins as Pete finds himself at a table with his program and Jake at a "New Age" fair, a place he never
I've never read a book quite like Stunt Road. It is fascinating, depressing, joyful, cynical, provocative and even deadly, all at one go. Quite an undertaking for a first novel. The range of characters really breathes life into the story. Without the strong characterizations, this would be a different book. The ending brings to mind Robert Frost's poem "The Road Not Taken" and the lines
"...Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference."
I am left to wonder, which road did Peter take when he came to the crossroad at the end of the book? 4 ½ stars