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Published in 2002. I’ve been looking for this book for a while ever since I had a class by the author. He has a full-time gig at Baylor University (PhD), teaching creative writing, and part time, he's an instructor for the Writers’ League of Texas. I’ve enjoyed his classes with the League and found reading this book to be quite the same. He incorporates music into each of his classes as he did with this book.

The story begins ten years after Clay Forrester has lost his wife and child in a car accident. He was driving at the time and feels that he was the cause of their deaths. His guilt takes him away from a lucrative job as an attorney in Washington, D.C. back home to Robbinsville, North Carolina. He’s living with his mother and two sisters, who are all deeply religious. He no longer practices law but has fallen back on music. He’s in a band with his childhood and best friend, Otis, and two other young men. At forty, his life is in shambles. But he receives word that his real father has died in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He didn’t even know he was alive and now finds him dead. With encouragement from everyone around him, he gets on the road and heads west. The trip becomes a spiritual journey for Clay as he has time to reflect on his past and meet new people, each with something to influence his life.

I liked Clay. He was messed up but a good guy deep inside. He had to find himself as we all do but especially after a tragic accident. A lot of times we end up in a rut and it takes some serious pushing to get out of it. And it’s not easy.
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Published on September 13, 2018 07:21 • 56 views • Tags: baylor-university, free-bird, greg-garrett, writers-league-of-texas