The Leisure Seeker

The Leisure Seeker

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 306 pages
  • 152.4 x 223.52 x 22.86mm | 362.87g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperCollins
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Large type / large print
  • Large type / large print edition
  • 0061719838
  • 9780061719837

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"One of the standards for a book is: Would I recommend it to friends?...I would recommend Michael Zadoorian's "The Leisure Seeker" to almost anyone. It's a beautifully simple story... readable, frequently funny, sometimes all too realistically poignant...This is Detroit-area writer Zadoorian's second book; watch him; he's going places."--Detroit Free Press
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3,154 ratings
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4 44% (1,381)
3 21% (654)
2 5% (161)
1 2% (51)
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