Part travelogue, part exploration-a
road trip into the reality behind the cultural myth that is
Breakfast at the Exit Cafe
begins as a personal story-told in alternating voices by two
travellers and writers-of a journey by car from British Columbia
around the rim of the United States. It soon becomes a journey of
exploration. For Grady, whose forebears were slaves who came to
Canada in the 1880s, this is a journey through fear, racism, and
violence into his own family roots. For Simonds, who grew up a
lonely Canadian in the American School of Campinas, Brazil, it is a
journey into the heart of the ex-pat promised land, the nation of
the American Dream.
As Grady and Simonds travel back
through American history, they encounter the splendours of the
Mojave Desert, the Grand Canyon, the Mississippi River, and the
bayous of Louisiana and the Outer Banks, and they experience the
impact of geography on culture and of culture on the landscape.
Although they are observing America from the outside, they also
strangely feel at home. The Americans they meet illuminate a
country dissolving in the grip of the Bush administration''s final
years and inspire them to reassess their-and our-assumptions about
that powerful and complex country.
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