When Matthew, a fortysomething media executive, finds his Manhattan job, middle-age health, and Connecticut marriage crumbling, he goes native: Drinks in his car all day. Gives drug dealing a shot. Tries to find direction in easy-listening rock lyrics, takes a free crafting class at the community center. He also gets in a fist fight with a meditation instructor. Soon he’s embarked on a twisted, agonizingly funny, stumbling vision quest that takes him from strip malls and Yellowstone National Park to Los Angeles and a Bali medical clinic, from an unlikely romance with a Hollywood agent specializing in hot young vampire roles to extreme RVing with a disgraced Wall Street trader.
In this heroic and hilarious debut novel, Dan Kennedy gives us an Everyman who take us to the dark valleys and neon lit edges of contemporary American life.