John and Ella Robina have shared a wonderful life for more than fifty years. Now in their eighties, Ella suffers from cancer and has chosen to stop treatment. 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 to 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, a person can go back for seconds - sneak a little extra time, grab a small portion more - even when everyone says you can't.
Darkly observant, told with humor, affection, and a touch of irony, The Leisure Seeker is an odyssey through the ghost towns, deserted trailer parks, forgotten tourist attractions, giant roadside icons,and crumbling back roads of America. Ultimately it is the story of Ella and John: the people they encounter, the problems they overcome, the experiences they have lived, the love they share, and their courage to take back the end of their own lives.
If Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty, the wild, wide-eyed wanderers of Jack Kerouac's landmark 1957 novel ON THE ROAD, had never ended their restless treks across the country, today their traveling spirit would inevitably have been dampened by the ravages of age--arthritis, incontinence, and temporary amnesia. Meet John and Ella Robina--Ella has cancer; John has Alzheimer's. This pair of self-professed "geezers" escapes from their adult children in Detroit and sets out in their massive RV for one last great adventure to Disneyland. Despite their age and their illness, it is obvious that they remain young at heart, as they banter and ramble their way across America, hitting every random roadside attraction along the way and turning every tourist trap into a shining, sentimental reminder of the possible joys and sorrows of mortal life. As John slips further into dementia, the ailing Ella is forced to decide the appropriate punctuation to finalize the journey and the couple's long, abbreviated life together.
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- February 1, 2009
- February 1, 2009
- Michael Zadoorian