Like a Mark Twain behind the wheel, [Murphy] takes us on the road coast to coast and city to city with a voice that’s honest and direct and sometimes even poetic.
— Bob Ryan - Boston Globe
Rich [and] insightful.… A well-written story that rarely slows down.
— Nathan Deuel - Los Angeles Times
It’s a hoot to ride along with Murphy.
— Irene Wanner - Seattle TimesThe Long Haul
is funny and sad and wise, and it shows us the lives of people we depend on.
— Matthew B. Crawford, author of Shop Class as Soulcraft
Exquisite.… Murphy can cross class boundaries as smoothly as changing lanes on the highway.… Readers even passingly familiar with the burgeoning literary genre we might call hillbilly elegiacs… will find Murphy’s more nuanced perspective refreshing.
— Meghan Daum - New York Times Book ReviewThe Long Haul
delivers because it is a survey of a culture fused to a working man’s memoir—and Murphy, smartly, avoids sentiment and lazy comparisons.
— Jeffery Gleaves - Paris Review
Like priests, movers shepherd us through life’s transitions; like cowboys, truckers drive the roads we’ll never know. Both see America in ways the rest of us don’t. In The Long Haul
, Murphy… bring[s] us into his semi-mythic world.
— Joshua Rothman - The New Yorker
An adventure story and… a peek into an occupation whose practitioners we see rolling down the highway.
— Jim Higgins - Milwaukee Journal SentinelThe Long Haul
beguil[es] readers with wit, wisdom and observations born from decades in transit.
— Jason Blevins - Denver Post
Finn Murphy… bring[s] readers along for a rollicking ride through a trucker’s world and [provides] an insider’s eye, pairing it with an involving series of encounters.
— Midwest Book Review
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