Book Review | Getting There by Gerry Boylan
Title: Getting There
Author: Gerry Boylan
Getting There is another wonderful offering from Gerry Boylan, who also brought us Gerry Tales.
This book is a compelling and well-written story that draws you into two separate journeys. The premise is a novel one; it opens up with a family picking up a hitchhiker and the subsequent journey — along the road as well as into their lives, but every other chapter is a segment of another journey (30 years earlier) — from the perspective of the main character who had once been a hitchhiker. Of course, Boylan traveled all over the country during the 70s, racking up more than 100,000 miles doing so, and his experiences add richly to the fabric of this novel.
Oddly enough, while immersed in one journey, I was so focused on that story, I would almost forget that there was another one in the novel, until I reached the end of the current chapter. Both journeys are equally intriguing and fascinating. The characters are multi-faceted, the dialogue is realistic, and the storyline(s) keeps you reading — and anticipating the destination(s).
I have previously stated that Gerry Boylan is an author to watch and enjoy. This book (the second I’ve read) just confirms that initial assessment. Boylan is a skilled writer, one who doesn’t simply tell stories. He also uses writing as an art form, creatively and cleverly. I hope he continues writing books, as they are an absolute treat to read. Getting There is a moving story, one you can easily get lost in. Put it on your list!
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*