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 extraordinary. ...
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