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Motional Blur

2016
Amazon

Motional Blur tells the story of a disaffected surfer, Luke Andersen, who drives for a black car service part-time. When he’s summoned for a fare involving a five-and-a-half hour ride from Santa Barbara to Las Vegas, this obligation ruins his birthday plans, even though he tries to refuse but doesn’t succeed.

When they reach Vegas, his mysterious fare, Charles Gearhart, a man in his mid-60s, tells Luke to keep going. What should have been a day drive becomes a seemingly meandering trip through the western United States, with Gearhart directing Luke through Utah, Wyoming, and Montana.

Luke repeatedly tries to beg off, but can’t. The deeper he gets into this journey, the more intrigued he becomes by his passenger, who constantly imparts wisdom to help his wayward driver grow up.

Theirs is a journey in search of answers. And, in the novel’s stunning conclusion, they find them.

“A nonpareil road novel that winds up packing a real emotional punch.”
T. C. Boyle
“Motional Blur is quick shots of shiny wit and ironic twists on the road to surprising reveals.”
Thomas Sanchez

Reviews

Motional Blur is a delightful road trip novella. It is written with skill and panache in the tradition of "The Odyssey", "On the Road" and the book of “Tobit." As in the book of Tobit there is a mysterious stranger. Luke's passenger, Charles Gearhart, is as deceptive as Ulysses, as ingenious as Dean Moriarty and as resourceful as Rafael, the angel in Tobit. Enjoy a geat read.

Motional Blur earns its place in the "Road Novel" Hall of Fame. Eringer has a special voice that compares well with Hunter S. Thompson. He keeps you on the edge of your seat while making the reader care about his two protagonists as the mystery of their relationship unfolds in exquisitely tantalizing fashion. Worth the read just for the soul touching surprise ending.