The Next Better Place: Memories of My Misspent Youth by Michael C. Keith

By Michael C. Keith

In 1959, on the age of 11, Michael Keith left a comparatively sturdy existence together with his mom and sisters in Albany, manhattan, and surreptitiously trigger for California along with his irresponsible alcoholic father. For the remainder of Michael's formative years, the 2 crisscrossed the United States, eternally en path to elsewhere. His memoir, informed within the clean, humorous, world-wise voice of the younger boy he as soon as was once, describes their strange encounters hitchhiking the nation's highways. within the rundown rooming homes and homeless missions the place they gap up as Michael's father works bizarre jobs to make adequate cash for them to maneuver on, or within the AA conferences they attend in each urban for a good doughnut, we glimpse a distinct the United States. driven onward by way of Michael's unceasing thirst for brand spanking new adventures and his father's goals of the subsequent higher position, the pressured twosome stay a long way open air convention.

yet regardless of their odd, usually dysfunctional existence, there's true love among this father and son, and so they percentage the wonderful freedom of the peripatetic lifestyles. That such happiness exists in a lonely marginal universe does not overshadow the truth that a Greyhound bus is the nearest Michael involves experiencing the belief of domestic. the subsequent higher position explores the tremendous line among wanderlust and compulsion, among working away and arriving, and leaves us with the knowledge that the adventure is frequently extra strong than the vacation spot.

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