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Together We Will Go

Together We Will Go, July 2021
by J. Michael Straczynski

Gallery/Scout Press
304 pages
ISBN: 1982142588
EAN: 9781982142582
Kindle: B08LDWZHR8
Hardcover / e-Book
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"A well-written and profound story!"

Fresh Fiction Review

Together We Will Go
J. Michael Straczynski

Reviewed by Evie Harris
Posted July 22, 2021

Fiction

TOGETHER WE WILL GO by J. Michael Straczynski is not a run-of-the-mill book, with a unique and startling premise. Mark is offering a one-way, cross-country bus trip that would end with the bus and its occupants driving over a cliff.  A varied group responds to Mark's ad, and the journey begins.  Readers get to know the participants through their journal entries in which they explain what has led them to make the decisions they have made.  The road trip doesn't go exactly as planned and there are interpersonal issues.  Even so, under their highly unusual circumstances, for a variety of reasons they all bonded. Unexpected things happen, and readers are in for some surprises along the way.

TOGETHER WE WILL GO is a well written and profound story.  It deals with sensitive issues and is thought-provoking, intended for audiences searching out soul-searching and difficult topics to think and read about.  Each of the characters' voices is distinct, with dialogue that is at times witty and always meaningful. I can honestly say I have never read anything like this book before and I found it to be memorable.

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SUMMARY

The Breakfast Club meets The Silver Linings Playbook in this powerful, provocative, and heartfelt novel about twelve endearing strangers who come together to make the most of their final days, from New York Times bestselling and award-winning author J. Michael Straczynski.

Mark Antonelli, a failed young writer looking down the barrel at thirty, is planning a cross-country road trip. He buys a beat-up old tour bus. He hires a young army vet to drive it. He puts out an ad for others to join him along the way. But this will be a road trip like no other: His passengers are all fellow disheartened souls who have decided that this will be their final journey—upon arrival in San Francisco, they will find a cliff with an amazing view of the ocean at sunset, hit the gas, and drive out of this world.

The unlikely companions include a young woman with a chronic pain sensory disorder and another who was relentlessly bullied at school for her size; a bipolar, party-loving neo-hippie; a gentle coder with a literal hole in his heart and blue skin; and a poet dreaming of a better world beyond this one. We get to know them through access to their texts, emails, voicemails, and the daily journal entries they write as the price of admission for this trip.

By turns tragic, funny, quirky, charming, and deeply moving, Together We Will Go explores the decisions that brings these characters together, and the relationships that grow between them, with some discovering love and affection for the first time. But as they cross state lines and complications to the initial plan arise, it becomes clear that this is a novel as much about the will to live as the choice to end it. The final, unforgettable moments as they hurtle toward the decisions awaiting them will be remembered for a lifetime.


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