Driving on the Rim
The unforgettable voyager of this dark picaresque is I. B. ldquo;Berlrdquo; Pickett, M.D., whose die was probably cast the moment his mother thought to name him after Irving Berlin. Other insults piled on apace thereafter: the spasms of Pentecostal Sunday worship; the social debilitation of following his parentsrsquo; itinerant rug-shampooing business; the erotic initiation at the hands of his aunt. Itrsquo;s hard to imagine what would have become of him had he not gone to medical school, thanks to the surrogate fathering of a local physician and bird-hunting loner. But there must be meaning to existence beyond professional accreditation, and though scantly equipped, Berl Pickett has been on a mission to find it, despite being charged with negligent homicide in the death of his former lover, a business that lays bare the true benefits of small-town living. Fortunately, Berl will find deliverance in work and in the few human connections he has made, wittingly or not, over the years. The Montana landscape, too, will furnish, if not a certifiable epiphany, at least a semi-spiritual awakening for the inglorious hero of Thomas McGuanersquo;s hilarious and profound illumination of the threads by which we are all hanging.
Author: Thomas McGuane
Edition: (Edition: First Edition)
Release Date: 2010-10-19