The Grand Tour (Hardcover)

A Novel

By Adam O'Fallon Price

Doubleday, 9780385540957, 320pp.

Publication Date: August 9, 2016

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Description

A bitingly funny, smart and moving road novel about two hapless lost souls—an alcoholic Vietnam veteran turned bestselling author, and his awkward, shy college student superfan—who form an unlikely connection on the world's most disastrous book tour.

Richard Lazar is advancing in years but regressing in life. After a career as a literary novelist that has ground to a halt and landed him in a trailer in Phoenix, Richard is surprised to find sudden success publishing a gritty memoir about his service in Vietnam. Sent on a book tour by his publishing house, Richard encounters his biggest (and really only) fan: an awkward, despondent student named Vance with issues of his own (an absentee father, a depressive mother, his own acute shyness). Soon Vance has volunteered to chauffeur Richard for the rest of the book tour, and the two embark on a disastrous but often hilarious cross-country trip. When things go wrong, Richard and Vance forge an unlikely bond between two misanthropes whose mutual insecurities and disdain for the world force both to look at each other, and their lives, in a more meaningful way.

As they reach the end of the book tour, The Grand Tour ultimately becomes a moving tale of unlikely friendship that should catapult Adam O'Fallon Price into the company of such masters of All-American dyspepsia as Sam Lipsyte, David Gates and Walter Kirn.


About the Author

ADAM O'FALLON PRICE was born in Los Angeles and grew up in the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia and Knoxville, Tennessee. He received an MFA from Cornell University, where he taught writing. His fiction has appeared in Narrative Magazine, The Iowa Review, Glimmer Train, EPOCH, The Paris Review, and elsewhere. He lives with his wife in Carrboro, NC.


Praise For The Grand Tour: A Novel

"Price, meanwhile, is a witty and mordant writer with substantial largeness of heart. He's akin to Frederick Exley or a more breezy Malcolm Lowry... [The Grand Tour] is one of the most believable American novels of the past few years, a kind of On the Road for the lumpenproletariat."
— Kenneth Champeon, Bookpage

"The Grand Tour gives the genre of the road novel a delightfully literary twist. The road trip is, in fact, part of a book tour taken by an old, jaded literary novelist and his biggest fan, a shy and endearing college student. A perfect book to take on your summer travels."
The Masters Review

"Price offers up an acridly witty portrait of the artist in decline. We meet his protagonist, writer Richard Lazar, as he's shaken awake from an Ambien-and-vodka-induced coma aboard an airplane... From here, the novel becomes a road comedy of sorts, interspersed with excerpts from Lazar's novel, the core of which turns out to be as counterfeit as its creator. Price is a finely trained writer, and the novel recalls the late John O'Brien's Leaving Las Vegas in many respects."
Kirkus

“Adam O’Fallon Price has a beautiful eye for detail, a deep grasp on people, and an enviable sense for where things go most entertainingly wrong. I haven’t read a novel that’s this funny and this sad in a very long time.”
—Tom Bissell, author of Apostle and God Lives in St. Petersburg

“As shrewd as it is hilarious, The Grand Tour offers the reader something to wince and laugh at in nearly every sculpted sentence. This is a triumphant debut, rich in pointed, poignant truths about books, America and men.”
—Wells Tower, author of Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned

“The Grand Tour is a beautifully written, darkly funny, and ultimately very moving novel about a road trip undertaken by two misfits, who end up much the better for their unlikely friendship in unexpected ways. Adam O’Fallon–Price deftly evokes the tender underbelly of cynicism, the despair and fear in misanthropy, and the fall into failure that lurks under success. A darker, tenderer, more twisted version of Wonder Boys.”
—Kate Christensen
 
“Like the best works of comic fiction, The Grand Tour is suffused with hilarious sadness. This is a literary road trip like no other. A terrific book.”
—Julie Schumacher, author of Dear Committee Members