"First-novelist Hill, against a contemporary background of highway wastelands, presents an inventive vision of the past as undertow into which his characters—not at all grounded, in any case—slip and slide."
A jumbly but intriguing contemporary quest novel, with science-fictional trimmings, in which a decidedly shady 93-year-old lady, near death but just sprung from a nursing home, takes a desiccated middle-aged history teacher on a journey haunted by echoes from the past and introducing a strange love. ``Jack'' Rabbit, the ``freeway flyer'' (he taught at three L.A.-area community colleges), has tracked down ancient Lucy Boomer, who seems to have been a secretary (and quite possibly something else!) to five Presidents.
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