The River Lethe
Perry A Pirsch
Drew O'Donnell, 23 years old
and still lives at home. He has just completed his college work
at the University of Nebraska, has a sweetheart of a girlfriend,
Kristen, and a compadre in his old bud Matt. Still, he realizes
that is not satisfied with his life. The Nebraska native has
always felt a pull from the sea and after doing a bit of soul
searching decides to just pitch it all and take himself out to
California. Where in the state he thinks he wants to be Drew
isn't sure, as long as it is near the sea that is good enough
for him. He departs his plane at the John Wayne Airport and
sets out to begin a new life in Huntington Beach. Drew finds
a job, makes some friends, and discovers answers to many of his
questions regarding life even as he ascertains there are more
questions to be asked.
Delightful chronicle with respect
to a young man and his struggle for knowing himself… a pilgrimage
we each have made at some time in our lives. Writer Pirsch has
constructed a stimulating narrative written in the first person.
He ingeniously introduces anecdotes concerning Drew's childhood
into the recounting dealing with Drew's current day conduct.
This engaging tale of a young
man's coming of age is peopled with entertaining characters,
the childhood anecdotes brought more than one chuckle from this
reviewer. Writer Pirsch has a good handle on less is more when
it comes to proffering jocularity in his description of Drew's
growing appreciation for what is really significant for gaining
Great little book, highly recommended.