Roll On (Paperback)

A Trucker's Life on the Road

By Fred Afflerbach

Chicago Review Press, 9780897336239, 272pp.

Publication Date: April 15, 2012

List Price: 17.95*
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Roll On celebrates the freedom of the open road. The reader rides shotgun in an aging yet durable Peterbilt diesel rig on an interstate odyssey with longtime independent truck driver, Ubi Sunt. Traversing the Painted Desert, the Black Hills of South Dakota, and through the nation's breadbasket into the gritty northeast, you will meet misfits, wayfarers and dreamers . In the literary tradition of escape and return, and journey to enlightenment, Ubi faces tough choices. The highway is home but the road is changing. And his only daughter offers an ultimatum: Settle down or else.

About the Author

Author Fred Afflerbach, a former long-haul trucker and later award-winning journalist, debunks the truck driver stereotype via authentic characters and insight into the hierarchy, camaraderie, and culture of the misunderstood American long-haul trucker.

Praise For Roll On: A Trucker's Life on the Road

"Roll On takes us as readers out of our familiar world and into that of the long-haul truck driver. Fred Afflerbach, himself once a long-haul driver, brings Ubi and his changing world alive in a way that will touch your heart—and make you hope he finds happiness at the end of his picaresque journey. This novel stands out as new and fresh among many nostalgic reflections of life as it once was."

-    Judy Alter, Owen Wister Award for Lifetime Achievement in Western Writing and former director of TCU Press.

"An entertaining and informative cross-country odyssey, Fred Afflerbach’s Roll On traces the life of “the last of a breed,” an almost mythic, independence-minded truck driver, as he transports furniture past famous landmarks, through dense forests, over major rivers, and in and out of congested  cities, carrying the reader along on an engaging narrative with telling dialogue and picturesque description. Whether rescuing students in search of the real America or picking up a hippie helper who proves an expert loader of others’ belongings or encountering fascinating figures whose household or business effects, even a grand piano, he moves from west coast to east and points in between, Afflerbach’s wholesome hero regales the reader with a know-how not only for maneuvering the highways in any weather or condition but for dealing with one’s origins and directions, in terms of love, family, and ethical decisions. The novelist knows his subject through and through and tells his compelling story artfully, one full of insights and characters any reader will come to care deeply about."

– Dave Oliphant, noted poet and jazz historian. His latest book is KD: A Jazz Biography.