The Leisure Seeker: A Novel by Michael ZadoorianThe Leisure Seeker: A Novel by Michael Zadoorian

The Leisure Seeker: A Novel

byMichael Zadoorian

Paperback | February 9, 2010

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The Leisure Seeker is pretty much like life itself: joyous, painful, moving, tragic, mysterious, and not to be missed.”—Booklist, starred review

The Robinas have shared a wonderful life for more than sixty years. Now in their eighties, Ella suffers from cancer and John has Alzheimer's. Yearning for one last adventure, the self-proclaimed "down-on-their-luck geezers" kidnap themselves from the adult children and doctors who seem to run their lives and steal away from their home in suburban Detroit on a forbidden vacation of rediscovery.

With Ella as his vigilant copilot, John steers their '78 Leisure Seeker RV along the forgotten roads of Route 66 toward Disneyland in search of a past they're having a damned hard time remembering. Yet Ella is determined to prove that, when it comes to life, you can go back for seconds—even when everyone says you can't.

Michael Zadoorian is the author ofSecond HandandThe Lost Tiki Palaces of Detroit: Stories.
Title:The Leisure Seeker: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.65 inPublished:February 9, 2010Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0061671797

ISBN - 13:9780061671791


Rated 5 out of 5 by from "ROAD TRIP" FOR GROWN UPS. This is the story of John and Ella Robina and their last hurrah! After nearly 60 years of marriage, Ella has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and John has alzheimers. Against the advice of their doctors and to the horror of their children, they decide to dust off their “Leisure Seeker” camper and go on a cross country trip along historical Route 66 from Detroit to California. Destination: Disneyland. This book is “Road Trip” for grown-ups. This is an amazing book, laugh out loud funny and heart wrenchingly touching at the same time. It probably would not appeal to the younger set, but for anyone over 40 I think it’s a must read.
Date published: 2010-08-30

Editorial Reviews

“This is a sad, sweet love letter to a fading America, elevated beyond its simple premise by its sharp humour about aging and a quietly shocking ending…it’s hard to think of a more purely likeable novel in recent times.”