Willie Easelman, 86, born in Brooklyn and a perennial finalist in the American Dream Sweepstakes is committed to the Morningside Nursing Home by his daughter Anna. Cunning despite his dementia Willie sneaks behind the wheel of his ’86 Impala and escapes heading north along America’s roadways that paved the way for the post-war exodus to the suburbs.
Adrift in his private cosmos of timelessness cast into a world that has ceased to make sense and (oh yeah) packing a pistol Willie sets out on a journey that would make Columbus envious and Odysseus jealous. Spice up Willie’s drive with a wisp of voodoo a Jersey cop trying to salvage the Governor’s Silver Alert campaign and an Atlantic City showgirl of surprising compassion but scandalous virtue—and you have a ride of mythic proportions where touch lasts a lifetime and time stops forever. A journey not recommended for everyone.
Raymond Ahrens is curious. As a scientist father and novelist he peers under the surface to discover what contradictions lie beneath. His genre of "mythic-realism" synthesizes both the rational and the mythic to arrive at a different way of seeing. His first novel Drive explores an old man's perspective in both a real and imagined world filled with mysteries myths and memories. Raymond Ahrens lives in Newton MA and Delray Brach FL.