The End of the Road Author:Tom Bodett The story of a place where the land ends and the sea begins. — Since September 1988, tom Bodett has welcomed his listeners to the world at the End of the Road, in a small Alaska town where people leave their pretensions where they came from and keep the keys in the city's snowplow just in case a person gets stuck after the regular driver has gone... more » home.
The most cherished feature of Tom's show is the running observations he makes of the lives of the people who "just sort of ended up there" and stayed: people like Ed Flannigan, who temporarily abandons his Willie Nelson tapes for twinkle dingdong Wyndham Hill music, or Tamara Dupree, vegetarian activist and New Age missionary among the northern horde, who taks it upon herself to murder a cat; the old curmudgeons, Bud and Argus, who continue to pester the bejesus out of each other; local desperado and ne'er-do-well Doug McDoogan and his bright new future in the arts. And best of all, Norma Tuttle, who finally comes to grips with a piling - and his dad.
The End of the Road signals the emergence of a true American voice: by turns funny (even farcical), nostalgic, provocative, and often touching. This is Tom Bodett's first great fear of storytelling, the book his fans have been clamoring for, and it's a joy.« less