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A mini memoir that explores the misery of
Reviewed in the United States on January 21, 2020
family, being an adult and the challenges of taking a road trip.
Author, Mishka Shubaly, has a sad sack outlook in this true story of his broken down van, Lucia, and their road trips together. Most of this brief book feels like a dark cloud weighed down by the consequences of alcohol, divorce, unfulfilled dreams and the general challenges of life in the 1970’s. Mishka’s in his early 40’s, still unmarried and determined to travel 4000 miles from S. California to Saskatchewan with 7 of his family members, including his mother, in Lucia.
The 56 page book can be read in 45 - 60 minutes. Chapters are broken down into key events. The grammar is good altho’ the language is foul. Use of the f-bomb is prolific and unnecessary; another lazy author in need of a thesaurus. The emotional angst of the author is well presented and you’ll feel along with him.
A professionally edited story, “This Van Could Be Your Life” will bring back the 70’s and give a brief look at the dynamics of a large family doing their best to love each other and keep the ties that bind📚