That afternoon we held a birthday party for my son, the 1971 Volkswagen Beetle.
Everyone should read this. Even if your favourite book is Fifty Shades Freed and you think that 1984 is “pretty hard stuff”, I demand you stick your nose in this book and experience it. How To Keep Your Volkswagen Alive is a book that demands all attention from every sense, confuses them and leaves you with a big smile and aching heart.
What it is about? About a man who loses a father and becomes one. One who can kick-start his son by feeding him stories and who has a brother who fell in love with a state. And the state with him. This probably sounds pretty bizarre and out there. And it is, with trees that go for human hearts and that hide in transportable farms. At the same time, it’s an incredibly recognizable story about growing up, grieving and making the wrong decisions.
Boucher manages to keep every absurd detail under control in such a way that you’ll accept a lot. I laughed several times, but only because there was something funny, not because I thought it was something try hard weird.
Find it and read it.
How To Keep Your Volkswagen Alive, Christopher Boucher, Melville House Publishing 2011