How can one with as much accountability and authority as a medical doctor be at the same time an eternally befrazzled loser? That's the paradox for Irving Berlin Pickett, the snakebitten hero of Thomas McGuane's DRIVING ON THE RIM. But when Pickett finds himself framed for an apparent murder, this sudden crisis proves, instead of more bad luck, an opportunity to roust the poor guy's search for purpose in the world. Riddled with laughter and sickness, both metaphorical and otherwise, McGuane's novel discovers that the cure for melancholy can't be prescribed, unless perhaps that prescription is a forgery.
Genre: Juvenile Fiction, Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes
Subgenre: General, Health + Daily Living / General, Types of Characters, Literary, Literary Genres + Types of Novels