From the book jacket:
Meet Smithson "Smithy" Ide, an overweight,
friendless, chain-smoking, forty-three-year-old drunk who works as a
quality control inspector at a toy action-figure factory in Rhode
Island. By all accounts, including Smithy's own, he's a loser. But
when Smithy's life of quiet desperation is brutally interrupted by
tragedy, he stumbles across his old Raleigh bicycle and impulsively
sets off on an epic journey that might give him one last chance to
become the person he always wanted to be. As he pedals across
Americawith stops in New York City, St. Louis, Denver, and Phoenix,
to name a fewhe encounters humanity at its best and worst and
adventures that are by turns hilarious, luminous, and...
Beyond the Book
Ron McLarty is an award-winning actor and
playwright. He came to New York thirty years ago to become a
writer. He was a regular on the series Spenser: For Hire
and has appeared
more recently on The Practice
, Law & Order
, and Sex and the City.
He has also appeared
in many films and on the stage, where he has directed many of
his own plays. He is currently working on a movie of The
Memory of Running.
He lives in New York City with his actress
wife, Kate Skinner.
In answer to the question, 'How much
did your own life experience...