When Smithy Ide was a teenager, his beloved older sister Bethany was diagnosed with schizophrenia and began running away in Ron McLarty's The Memory of Running. Smithy would ride his bike all over town to find her and bring her home. He always found her, until one day, she stayed lost.
Now, at 40, Smithy is a loser. He’s fat. He has a crap job – quality control in a Rhode Island factory that makes cheap plastic action figures. He eats junk food and smokes too much and drinks himself into oblivion every night.
This sad existence is shattered when both of his parents are killed in a car accident. At their wake, he finds a letter from the Los Angeles county coroner’s office that Bethany is in the county morgue. Smithy decides right then and there to bring his sister home one more time. He gets on his bike and heads west.
His cross-country journey is heartbreaking, hilarious and ultimately, redemptive.
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