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Mystery Ride

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  175 ratings  ·  19 reviews
A thoughtful, funny, and penetrating portrait of a modern American family that explores the breaches and bonds between husbands and wives, parents and children--and introduces one of the most incorrigible and affecting teenagers since Holden Caulfield.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 1st 1994 by Harper Perennial (first published 1993)
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switterbug (Betsey)
I am utterly nonplussed that this book is out of print. This novel, this arresting and wholly authentic portrait of late twentieth-century family life, deserves an emblem that says: timeless, exemplary. Robert Boswell portrayed these contemporary characters originally and credibly, seducing the reader from the opening prologue to the masterful ending. There were no false notes, no manipulations of narrative or person. It germinates beautifully, organically.

Angela and Stephen Landis are divorced,...more
Felt like the 1970s. Crazy teenagers trying to figure out how to be in the world, questions of integrity and ethics, lingering connections between ex-spouses, difficult parent-child relationships....Well-written and absorbing read.
Deeply disturbing on one level, but, even after all these years, I remember it as a masterfully written work. Highly recommended.
Sandy Neal
I felt that this story jumped around too much and I didn't feel there was a point or closure after I read it.
A weird little story about a family (mom, dad, girl) and the other people in their lives. Daughter acts cray/unstable, hateful, but she gets better. Parents split, mom remarries, faces childrearing again at 40. Father tries to move on.

Things happen, but very little gets resolved.
Natalie Serber
Boswell is a dialog master. The ways in which we listen, ignore, speak over and mishear are all amazingly revealed in this novel of relationships. A wonderful read.
This book started out fantastic. Great characters. BUT, the ending was so terrible that I am mad I finished it. Total disappointment. Too bad, could have been great.
Did not like the characters at all! Not a fun read, very depressing family and am very glad that mine didn't grow up like that.
Decided to read this after a 2003 viewing of Twelve Mile Road, a Tom Selleck movie for which the book is based on.
not far in, but not so impressed

gave up on it- had a hard time believing the characters
The characters are pretty much universally loathsome, but he sure can write.
I really enjoyed the characters even though the story had some weird moments.
A large cast of interesting characters whose stories are deftly told.
Very absorbing. Interesting characters. Page turner from page 1.
This book is the reason I moved to Las Cruces, NM.
No plot to the book. Not a good book to read.
Why is this book out of print? What a shame.
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Robert Boswell is the author of eleven books, including The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards, a story collection with Graywolf Press, in April 2009. His novels: Century's Son, American Owned Love, Mystery Ride, The Geography of Desire, and Crooked Hearts. His other story collections: Living to Be 100 and Dancing in the Movies. His nonfiction: The Half-Known World, a book on the craft of writing,...more
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