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Fueled by several cases of beer, these two head south in a snowstorm in an attempt to recreate their lost glory days. Inevitably they must confront unfinished business from the past, including their haunting memories of Elaine Isaac, the wild girl they both loved in high school. A story of a past that cannot be forgotten or forgiven, of courage and betrayal, and of coming home to Appalachia, Alex Driving South is now widely regarded as a foundational work in West Virginian literature.
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Ugh, visiting your old hometown. For some it's an obligation steeped with dread, as it is for Evan Carlyle, an ex-pat CBC radio producer. He's returned to his old hometown in West Virginia modeled after Wheeling for the first time in 13 years to see his ageing parents. The first person Evan bumps into on the street is the last one he wanted to see: his old high school buddy Alex.
Evan hints that they did not part amicably all those years ago. Their chance encounter leads to an awkward reunion, Ugh, visiting your old hometown. Their chance encounter leads to an awkward reunion, dinner at Alex's home with his wife and kids, and a wild night of drinking and driving. But way-back-when, Alex was the wildest car racer, track star, and hell-raiser, so he grabs old Evan and they spend a night together of serious boozing and insane driving in the snow-covered hill roads. Memories, of course, are drawn back up: aching and mysterious memories--of Evan's old girlfriend Elaine Isaacs, daredevilish, sexy, inventive, going crazy in Raysburg, wanting to be an actress in New York; and blackly violent memories--about the exploits of Elaine's crazy father or of Frank Hospidarski, a local knee-breaker.
Alex is a profane, stoppered-up, realistic, and ultimately very kind man who has been held back all these years by living up or down to his old high-school image; Maillard plainly likes him, and we do too.
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So, though there's nothing especially original here, this is a worthy fiction debut: base-secure novels about high-school recollected in adulthood are rarely this steady, this unpolluted by sentiment. There was a problem adding your email address. Please try again. Be the first to discover new talent! Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.
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