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The Leisure Seeker

by Michael Zadoorian

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The Leisure Seeker by Michael Zadoorian
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  • Published in USA  Feb 2009
    288 pages
    Genre: Novels

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John and Ella Robina have shared a wonderful life for more than fifty years. Now in their eighties, Ella suffers from cancer and has chosen to stop treatment. John has Alzheimer's. Yearning for one last adventure, the self-proclaimed "down-on-their-luck geezers" kidnap themselves from the adult children and doctors who seem to run their lives to steal away from their home in suburban Detroit on a forbidden vacation of rediscovery.

With Ella as his vigilant copilot, John steers their '78 Leisure Seeker RV along the forgotten roads of Route 66 toward Disneyland in search of a past they're having a damned hard time remembering. Yet Ella is determined to prove that, when it comes to life, a person can go back for seconds—sneak a little extra time, grab a small portion more—even when everyone says you can't.

Darkly observant, told with humor, affection, and a touch of irony, The Leisure Seeker is an odyssey through the ghost towns, deserted trailer parks, forgotten tourist attractions, giant roadside icons, and crumbling back roads of America. Ultimately it is the story of Ella and John: the people they encounter, the problems they overcome, the experiences they have lived, the love they share, and their courage to take back the end of their own lives.

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" ... it's impossible to deny that Ella's wise, feisty voice turns what could be a sappy melodrama into an authentic and funny love story." - Publishers Weekly.

"A bittersweet fable of the golden years likely to offer consolation to readers who've ever known anyone old, or have plans to get old themselves." - Kirkus Reviews.

"Starred Review." - Booklist.

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You will laugh & then you will cry. You will laugh & cry at the same time. This the nature of the book The Leisure Seekers by Michael Zadoorian.

Ella and John are reaching the end of their lives together. Ella has been diagnosed with terminal cancer & John with Alzheimer's. It is Ella's courage & determination that lead them on the trip of their lives from Michigan to California following Route 66 when they can.

With John behind the wheel & Ella calling the shots, they make there way across the country reliving old memories & making some new ones. Told entirely in Ella's voice this story will make your heart fly & also break. There are some truly hilarious moment and some with such insight that it hard to believe this book is written by a baby boomer man & not an end of her life "old" lady.

I am glad that I was able to travel along with Ella & John on their journey. I think you will be too. In regards to this book , Elmore Leonard wrote " Come to the end and you'll say 'Oh my God.'". That is true.

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Michael Zadoorian

Michael Zadoorian is the critically praised author of BEAUTIFUL MUSIC, as well as THE LEISURE SEEKER—basis for the 2018 Sony Pictures Classics film starring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland. Zadoorian is a recipient of a Kresge Artist Fellowship in the Literary Arts, the Columbia University Anahid Literary Award, the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award, the GLIBA Great Lakes Great Reads Award, and two Michigan Notable Book Awards. His other books are SECOND HAND: A Novel, and the story collection THE LOST TIKI PALACES OF DETROIT. His work has appeared in the Literary Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, American Short Fiction, Witness, Great Lakes Review, North American Review, Detroit Noir, and The Huffington Post. A lifetime resident of the Detroit area, he lives with his wife in a 1937 bungalow filled with cats and objects that used to be in the houses of other people. THE NARCISSISM OF SMALL DIFFERENCES will be released in May 2020 by Akashic Books.

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