The Long Haul (Paperback)
A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road
W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393355871, 256pp.
Publication Date: June 5, 2018
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“There’s nothing semi about Finn Murphy’s trucking tales of The Long Haul.”—Sloane Crosley, Vanity Fair
More than thirty years ago, Finn Murphy dropped out of college to become a long-haul trucker. Since then he’s covered more than a million miles as a mover, packing, loading, hauling people’s belongings all over America. In The Long Haul, Murphy recounts with wit, candor, and charm the America he has seen change over the decades and the poignant, funny, and often haunting stories of the people he encounters on the job.
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Praise For The Long Haul: A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road…
— Bob Ryan
Rich [and] insightful.… A well-written story that rarely slows down.
— Nathan Deuel
It’s a hoot to ride along with Murphy.
— Irene Wanner
The Long Haul is funny and sad and wise, and it shows us the lives of people we depend on.
— Matthew B. Crawford, author of Shop Class as Soulcraft
Exquisite.… Murphy can cross class boundaries as smoothly as changing lanes on the highway.… Readers even passingly familiar with the burgeoning literary genre we might call hillbilly elegiacs… will find Murphy’s more nuanced perspective refreshing.
— Meghan Daum
The Long Haul delivers because it is a survey of a culture fused to a working man’s memoir—and Murphy, smartly, avoids sentiment and lazy comparisons.
— Jeffery Gleaves
Like priests, movers shepherd us through life’s transitions; like cowboys, truckers drive the roads we’ll never know. Both see America in ways the rest of us don’t. In The Long Haul, Murphy… bring[s] us into his semi-mythic world.
— Joshua Rothman
An adventure story and… a peek into an occupation whose practitioners we see rolling down the highway.
— Jim Higgins
The Long Haul beguil[es] readers with wit, wisdom and observations born from decades in transit.
— Jason Blevins
Finn Murphy… bring[s] readers along for a rollicking ride through a trucker’s world and [provides] an insider’s eye, pairing it with an involving series of encounters.