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August’s freebie: Yesterday Road

Time for another Summer Reading freebie, and this month it’s my second novel (and first indie), Yesterday Road.

I have a special place in my heart for this book because it brings together three of my favorite characters: Jack Peckham, the octogenarian who just wants to find his way home; Ida Pevely, the diner waitress with a heart of gold who’s called into service to help two wayward innocents; and Joe Easterday, a young man with Down syndrome on the adventure of his life. I really came to love all these guys in the writing of this one.

Here’s the blurb, in case you’ve forgotten:

In this “coming-of-old-age” tale, Jack Peckham finds himself on a journey into his distant past, helped along the way by Joe Easterday, a young man with Down syndrome, and Ida Pevely, a middle-aged waitress with her own mountain of regrets. Jack has a hundred grand in cash that he can’t explain, since he can’t remember yesterday much less forty years ago. Setting out from Northern California for “points east,” he gets lost, carjacked, abandoned, and arrested, but he’s always homing in on the one object of his inner drive — home. With humor and plenty of unexpected turns, Kevin Brennan’s second novel is a lyrical and poignant story of memory and identity, of how it is the whole of experience — pain and regret along with love and pleasure — that gives life its fullness. We all tow our histories behind us as we make our way down Yesterday Road.

The Kindle edition is free all week. If you’ve already read it, turn on a friend or family member to a road trip they’ll never forget.


11 comments on “August’s freebie: Yesterday Road

  1. islandeditions
    August 8, 2022

    I have always loved this novel of yours, Kevin! Thanks for making it free for others to discover and enjoy!

    • Kevin Brennan
      August 8, 2022

      Thanks, Susan! Hard to believe it’s already been nine years. 😲

      • islandeditions
        August 9, 2022

        This is the book that caught my attention and brought me to you and your writing – nine years ago!

  2. Marie A Bailey
    August 8, 2022

    Reblogged this on 1WriteWay and commented:
    Yesterday Road is my all-time favorite novel by Kevin Brennan. This week the Kindle version is free. Here’s a snippet of the review I wrote: “Yesterday Road is a humorous, poignant, action-filled, meditative literary novel. To describe it with these adjectives makes me feel like I’m contradicting myself, but I’m not. Brennan has managed to write a novel that is as much a page-turner as a thoughtful exposition on memory.” You can read the whole review at https://1writeway.wordpress.com/2013/10/22/a-traditional-kind-of-book-review-yesterday-road/. But I’d prefer it if you read the novel itself.

  3. Dale
    August 8, 2022

    Downloaded and looking forward to reading it!
    I hope it doesn’t matter if I’ve not met the three returning characters?

    • Kevin Brennan
      August 8, 2022

      It’s not a sequel, so there’s no returning. Thanks for downloading, and I hope you like it!

      • Dale
        August 8, 2022

        Sweet. After Marie’s rave review, I don’t see how I could not 🙂

  4. Sherrey Meyer
    August 8, 2022

    Kevin, when Marie Bailey reviews a book, I listen! So after listening to Marie’s thoughts on Yesterday Road, I went straight to Amazon and purchased a copy. I look forward to meeting your characters and introducing myself to your writing.

    • Kevin Brennan
      August 8, 2022

      You can always trust Marie! Thanks for the buy, and I hope you like it. 😉

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