Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I’ve been trying to develop a good description of Yesterday Road for outlets like Amazon, B&N, and Smashwords. My instincts are telling me that these avenues might be a little different from the traditional jacket copy, which usually could go into a little bit of detail, given the space available (front and back flaps). Briefer is probably better for online sales, but I can’t seem to get this one into a more compact package. Help?
Here it is:
An elderly man finds himself alone and confused on the side of a country road in Northern California, eating wild blackberries straight from the vine. He doesn’t know how he got there or even who he is, but the one thing he’s sure of is that he must make his way to his daughter and reunite with her. “Vermont” rings a faint bell.
Jack Peckham’s journey home will soon become dependent on the kindness of strangers. Serendipity guides him through a daisy-chain of caretakers, leading him to Joe Easterday, a young man with Down syndrome, and then to Ida Pevely, a middle-aged waitress who takes reluctant responsibility for these two wayward travelers. For Jack, an inner compass seems to be guiding him to the pastoral land where he grew up, wherever it may be, while Ida, burdened with the kind of past she’d rather forget, faces the moral choice of helping him get home or turning him over to authorities once she delivers Joe to his parents in Denver. It’s going to be a tricky proposition, especially when she discovers that Jack is in possession of over a hundred thousand dollars in cash and does not know where his daughter could possibly be.
Ida’s unexpected departure from the strict routine of her life as a single mother exposes her to new layers of understanding about herself as she realizes that it is the whole of experience — pain and regret along with love and pleasure — that gives life its fullness. Jack, without any memory of the grief that must have accompanied his eighty-odd years, flounders in a world where he has no identity and no past.
Ida is torn between letting him continue his journey or ensuring that he’s safe, but Jack knows he will keep searching until he finds what he’s looking for. Both will discover that we tow our histories along with us as we make our way down Yesterday Road.
If you can spare a couple of minutes, use the comments to pop me some ideas. I know you don’t know the full story yet, but if anything seems gratuitous or overly detailed, let me know. Would you buy the book based on this?