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From the bestselling author of The Long Run comes an emotional and adventurously funny true story of a man, a van, and a family on an epic journey of rediscovering what matters most.

It’s been a rough time for Mishka Shubaly and the women in his family. In a failed quest for something stable, they’ve all arrived at a crossroads. Divorce, unemployment, eviction, addiction, sobriety, an abusive marriage, grief, homelessness, breakups, and abandonment. Can Mishka, still single, self-doubting, and on the lost side of forty, help? Maybe. He’s got the idiotic idea of a pilgrimage from Southern California to northern Saskatchewan for a family reunion. Eight troupers in all. And so sisters, nieces, nephews, and mom (armed with a bulletproof positive attitude) pile into Mishka’s 1976 shag-carpeted Chevy van. It’s a little wounded itself but raring to go.

With four thousand miles of road ahead of them, Mishka steers headlong on a journey toward a better understanding of what defines a family, and what it means to grow up, grow apart, and get back together again - at ten miles to the gallon.

©2020 Mishka Shubaly (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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Totally engaging

I've read a few of Shubalys books and thoroughly enjoyed each one, the narration is very engaging!

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Yawn. More whining by a middle aged white guy

The title sums it up. What a waste of my time.
I certainly won’t be listening to or read his other books.

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A good listen !

Mishka is a good writer and I enjoy listening to his stuff. From Doug Stanhope..dont cut your hair to here and Rich Roll.
Some emotive stuff in there too

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  • J. Canniff
  • 25-01-20

So good it was worth me writing an awkward review!

An amazing musician, a eloquent author and a hilarious comedian. There's not much he can't do besides get everything else in his life in order. The writing is humorous and touching. The author does a great job narrating, his gravely voice really brings the story to life. After you check this out, go down the rabbit hole and find his other work.

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  • Josh Mclane
  • 21-01-20

He did it again.

This is yet another example of Mishka taking a shit show of a time in his life and making something beautiful out of it. Couldn’t recommend enough.

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  • Matthew W Boucher
  • 17-10-21

Incredible talented writer

Another great book by Mishka. I love all his books and music. Keep them coming please

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  • 05-07-21

terrible

What a pathetic piece of garbage talking about his a pathetic loses in life brought about by himself. First time I have ever left a bad review on a book.

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  • Lovestosmile
  • 28-06-21

The ending was the only good part

The book was depressing to listen to and not an interesting story until the very last. Then it finally had a point to the depressing rambling about the authors broken family.

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  • T H-Woods
  • 07-03-21

Interesting

Interesting muddle through a personal mid life crisis. Trying to define his life through his family, on an event-laden crisis-after-trauma-after-problem journey in an old, barely-breathing tin can.

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  • KellysHero718
  • 01-02-21

Pretty Good, a Bit Jarring

A REALLY honest, open portrayal of a down on his luck guy who just sticks with it. Worth the time to listen.

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  • Dina Fiman
  • 05-11-20

compelling, bittersweet and honest

This is a short and poignant memoir, told artfully. It's brimming with raw emotion, but far from any sentimentality.

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  • dokum
  • 15-06-20

The best thing about this book is that it is short

Nariated OK, just not a compelling or interesting story. The best thing was his invention of the word humi"titty" Blah

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  • Anonymous
  • 06-06-20

“Miserable Attitude” style of reading

Did not enjoy the time or miserable and bitter attitude of book. Couldn’t listen to whole story