The Leisure Seeker, A new book about an RVing Couple




I love to read. And I do a lot of it - rarely reading a book more than once because there are so many new ones out there demanding my attention!! But I did get to preview "The Leisure Seeker," because I write for Airstream Magazine and the publicist thought the story took place in an Airstream. It doesn't. But she sent me the book anyway and I'm so glad she did. It's WONDERFUL!! It's also NOT for everybody. It's about good-byes and endings and taking control of our lives. And so it's bittersweet because I think anyone over the age of 50, with a parent, or adult children, or who has RV'ed, will identify with a lot of what happens in this book.


The story is narrated by Ella Robina, one of the two main characters - Ella and John Robina. She and her husband have shared a wonderful life RVing and raising kids for more than 50 years. Now they're in their 80's, she has cancer, her husband has Alzheimer's. Their children are about to put them both in a nursing home and take away the keys to their RV. So Ella kidnaps her husband and they hit the road, Route 66 to be exact, for one last RV adventure before their children track them down and bring them home.


I interviewed Michael Zadoorian, the author, about a month ago. He told me he drew on a lot of his own history in writing this book - a parent with Alzheimer's, parents who are both independent and who both camped and RV'ed throughout their lives, and a sister whom he has a wonderful relationship with all provided fodder for his characters.


If you get a chance, pick up a copy of The Leisure Seeker LP: A Novel





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Comment by Becky Blanton on April 5, 2010 at 11:50am
Pat, it is such a great story....and my heart broke for them at times, and I laughed out loud at times. There is a little swearing at times, but it's good clean reading. VERY real....and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I hope you do too!
Comment by Pat Daly on April 5, 2010 at 11:44am
Becky, sounds wonderful. I'll pick up a copy. Pat

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