Driven is a travelogue in which the narrator reviews his life in the course of twenty four hours. A professor at a small college hopes for something different to happen on the last day of the academic year. And it does. When he leaves his home on Cape Cod for Boston where he teaches, he enters a world both real and imaginary. Two of his passengers are his dead parents. The third is the love of his life from years ago. He navigates issues of loss, class, fame and family as he passes familiar landmarks, stops at the same coffee shops, recalls the dance at the dump, the stories of barflies and entrepreneurs, eccentric colleagues and his newfound sobriety. Is it fiction or nonfiction? That depends on whether or not you believe in ghosts.
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An obsessive, eloquent, bittersweet, tragicomic, and utterly persuasive meditation on the relationship between loss (the marker of human existence) and imagination (the marker of art).
--David Shields, author of Reality Hunger and The Trouble with Men: Reflections on Sex, Love, Marriage, Porn, and Power
Imagine a book that captures the charm of Grace Paley, the deadpan-ness of Thomas Bernhard, and the anagogical play of Joy Williams. Impossible? No, that's John Skoyles' Driven, smashing the barriers between the here and the afterlife, the real and the imaginary, illness and health, youth and old age--all the tidy, unsatisfying categories we've constructed to trek through the day. Brilliance!
--Paul Lisicky, author of The Narrow Door: A Memoir of Friendship.
Someday I will write a book as good as John Skoyles' Driven, I told myself in a dream. I awoke next to Skoyles in his car, laughing, weeping and marveling at his talent and grace as a writer. I plan to buy many copies of Driven and give them to friends, that they may learn what the human spirit holds and how it travels.
--Pablo Medina, author of Cubop City Blues and The Island Kingdom