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Getting There

4.27  ·  Rating Details  ·  11 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
In 1973, after a shocking event turned his life upside down, Luke spent his youth hitchhiking along I-75 between Florida and Michigan, meeting an extraordinary cast of characters, surviving the dangers and tragedies of the road, and falling in love.Fast-forward thirty years: Luke now struggles to reconcile the boy he was with the middle-aged father he's become. And he wond ...more
Hardcover, 348 pages
Published July 13th 2010 by Synergy Books (first published May 22nd 2010)
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Jennifer (JC-S)
Aug 13, 2010 Jennifer (JC-S) rated it really liked it
‘In an excruciating full circle of lessons, I learned that life was always about family.’

In the present, Luke Moore and his wife are driving their daughter to college for the first time. Along the way, they pick up a hitchhiker, and this reminds Luke of his youth some thirty years earlier. The story moves between past and present as Luke remembers both the events that turned his life upside down and his restless response as he struggled to find himself.

I was always searching for, and generally e
Jul 22, 2010 Sue rated it it was amazing
This book is not only an entertaining road trip but heartfelt story of family, friends, love and redemption. The relationships between friends and family tugged at my heart more than once. As the saga moves between 1973 and 2003 I found myself cheering on the cast of characters and wishing I had spent more of my youth exploring the countryside. Recommended for all those whose not only embrace life, but are not afraid of it! Great read, loved it.
Jul 30, 2010 Maryanne rated it really liked it
This compelling saga by first time author Gerry Boylan, is a combination road and historical family/sociological saga. Hitch-hiking, a long lost art, is the common thread in this fascinating look at a time in our not to distant past, when a young man or woman took to the road to find him or herself.

Jumping back and forth between the present and the past, stories intertwine and connect to a satisfying and redemptive conclusion. I judge a book by how long the characters or theme stay with me afte
Oct 10, 2010 Ziaria rated it liked it
This was an interesting read, if maybe a little long. The story parallels between 1973 and 2003. Luke is driving his daughter to college, while at the same time reliving his past spent hitchhiking in 1973.

This isn't one persons story. Instead is several stories weaved together like a patchwork quilt. It blends the stories all together, stitching each piece together in there proper place. The story builds itself up at a slow and steady pace. I guess like you would think a hitchhikers road trip mi
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Between 1971 and 1975, Gerry Boylan hitchhiked over 100,000 miles in the United States and Canada. Much of Getting There, his first novel, is based on his own experiences. Boylan received his BS from Grand Valley State University in 1978 and is cofounder and managing director of Long Point Capital, a private equity firm. He and his wife, Kathy, are the parents of four children, Shannon, Moira, Joe ...more
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