2009. First edition, first printing. A near fine, unmarked copy.
The Leisure Seeker is the story of John and Ella Robina? a couple married 50+ years − she has stopped her cancer treatments? he has Alzheimer′s − who kidnap themselves from the adult children and the doctors who seem to run their lives? and steal off on a forbidden vacation. Each battling their own infirmities? John pilots their ′78 Leisure Seeker RV (it′s the one with the left turn signal blinking) along the forgotten roads of Route 66 on a journey of rediscovery. They′re not searching for America? but for a past that they′re having a damned hard time remembering these days. Yet Ella is determined to prove that? when it comes to life? you can go back for seconds − sneak a little extra time? grab a small portion more? even when everyone says you can′t. Darkly observant? and told with humor? affection? quirkiness and understated irony? it′s an elder odyssey through the ghost towns? deserted trailer parks? forgotten tourist attractions? giant roadside icons and crumbling back roads of freakshow America. Mostly though? it′s the story of Ella and John: the people they encounter? the problems they overcome? the lives they have lived ? the love they share? and how their heartbreak at watching friends disappear into nursing homes inspired them to face the colossus at the end of all roads on their own terms.