Live from the Road by P.C. Zick
What a quirky, nonsensical, gorgeous, joyful, sad bit of inspiration!
Fun. Raucous. Haunting. Sad.
Best friends Meg and Sally seek a change in the mundane routine of their lives. “Is this all there is?” Sally asks Meg after visiting a dying friend in the hospital. That’s when Meg suggests they take a journey to discover the answer. Joined by their daughters, they set off on a journey of salvation enhanced by the glories of the Mother Road.
Along the way, they are joined by a Chicago bluesman, a Pakistani liquor store owner from Illinois, a Marine from Missouri, a gun-toting momma from Oklahoma, and a motel clerk from New Mexico. Meg, mourning for her dead son, learns to share her pain with her daughter CC. When Sally’s husband of almost thirty years leaves a voicemail telling her he’s leaving, both Sally and her daughter Ramona discover some truths about love and independence.
Death, divorce and deception help to reveal the inner journey taking place under the blazing desert sun as a Route 66 motel owner reads the Bhagavad-Gita and an eagle provides the sign they’ve all been seeking. Enlightenment comes tiptoeing in at dawn in a Tucumcari laundromat while singing karaoke at a bar in New Mexico, and during dinner at the Roadkill Café in Seligman, Arizona. The four women’s lives will never be the same after the road leads them to their hearts—the true destination for these road warriors.
Buy Live from the Road for a magical and humorous and poignant journey with the road warriors of Route 66.
From P.C. Zick:
I’ve always loved road trip books, such as On the Road by Jack Kerouac and Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck. I’ve always loved to travel.
Then in 2007, my girlfriend and I hatched the idea of taking a trip down Route 66 all the way from Chicago to L.A. Our daughters, both in their twenties, asked to join us. Off we went on our adventure.
The trip was a blast and everything we did seemed to be infused with meaning and serendipity.
Of course, I kept a journal about the places we visited, and when I came home I began working on the novel. Even though there are four women(mothers and daughters) who travel together in Live from the Road and the setting is real, the rest is my imagination about what could have happened interspersed with a few sparks from the real trip.
I took reality and blew it up as big as the fiberglass giants we saw on the road. I enjoyed writing the book almost as much as taking the trip because Route 66 is a road that writes itself.
Review by Glenda for GABixlerReviews:
What a quirky, nonsensical, gorgeous, joyful, sad bit of inspiration! And if you can’t understand that, then you’re in the best position to read this fun novel! Plan to laugh, cry, sing, be confused…and amazed at what this author has to say! I’m still not convinced that it did not include an angel character, you know, like Touched by an Angel, by the name of Lollapalooza…even if she did die during the trip…
Trip? Yes, the trip taken by two best friends and their daughters. They started from Chicago and were heading to L.A., traveling the old Route 66 for as much as they could. At first the two friends were going to go, then their daughters decided that they wanted to go, especially, when they learned that there was to be auditions in L.A. if they planned their trip right. CC was a singer; Ramona wanted to be an actress, but also sang… In fact the four all sang and looked for Karaoke bars each night when they stopped…to practice! As well as to give each audience a show they would remember.
Meg narrated most of the story, and kept a journal, naturally, since she was a journalist. She and Sally her best friend had talked about the trip since Meg needed to settle some past issues that she’d been internally hanging on to, including the death of her son. Essentially, she had closed him off inside and was not able to face his loss… And CC had been hurting also as if losing her mother as well…
As they started, they dressed up their van with Route 66 signs and declared themselves the Road Warriors, with even a solemn (!!!) group hand sharing as they left certain areas…
I have to say, I would love to have been traveling with them!
And others felt the same way! So as the Warriors met people along the way and told them about their trip, their destination… well, you guessed it, they either joined them right then or caught up with them later (on Route 66 of course so it wasn’t hard to find them!) They even met a couple on their way to get married–and everybody later became their wedding party!
Seriously, there is no way to describe what was encountered on that trip! You just have to experience it!
One of the things Sally had planned for the trip was to bring her father’s remains back to where he had wanted to stay…so a wake with fireworks took place! They picked up Laramie at that stop when she came running with her shotgun on hearing the fireworks… Later, Sally was the one who was comforted by Meg as she received word that her husband had left her…and so much more!
A couple went along for the music auditions, but most just had that look…you know…the one that says you just need to do something crazy??? Need to get away? Read Live From the Road and you just might be making your own plans! Wish I could go with you! Hey, wait a minute…This book was just like I was there, including the hugging and crying with the Road Warriors! Waaaaayyy Cool Book!