Driving on the Rim Lib/E (Compact Disc)

By Thomas McGuane, Traber Burns (Read by)

Blackstone Publishing, 9780792774396

Publication Date: November 1, 2010

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (10/31/2010)
Hardcover (10/19/2010)
Paperback (10/4/2011)
MP3 CD (12/5/2017)
Compact Disc (12/5/2017)

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November 2010 Indie Next List

“Young Berl, named after Irving Berlin, is dragged willy-nilly from his family's intrastate rug-shampooing venture to Pentacostal services, and then to his Aunt's bed -- not a good place for any boy to be. If he comes of age late in life, it's no wonder, given these beginnings. But by the grace of the medicine he practices, the Montana landscape he inhabits, and the community he belongs to in his own way, Berl manages to track his way through the mined landscape of the past. McGuane seduces the reader with hilarity, and then sneaks illumination past our unguarded hearts.”
— Betsy Burton, The King's English, Salt Lake City, UT
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The unforgettable voyager of this dark picaresque is I. B. Berl Pickett, MD, whose die was probably cast the moment his mother thought to name him after Irving Berlin. Other insults piled on apace thereafter: the spasms of Pentecostal Sunday worship; the social debilitation of following his parents' itinerant rug-shampooing business; the erotic initiation at the hands of his aunt. It's hard to imagine what would have become of him had he not gone to medical school. But there must be meaning to existence beyond professional accreditation, and though scantly equipped, Berl Pickett has been on a mission to find it, despite being charged with negligent homicide in the death of his former lover, a business that lays bare the true benefits of small-town living.