Driver's Education

Driver's Education

A Novel

FINN McPHEE EDITS A REALITY TV SHOW. His father, Colin, is a screenwriter. Both are adept at spinning fictions, a skill passed down to them by McPhee patriarch Alistair, whose wild yarns never failed to capture Finn’s youthful imagination—even as they cast a fragile veil over a past marked by devastating loss, unbearable love, and an incessant longing for a life whose heroic proportions could measure up to the breathtakingly vivid color of Alistair’s dreams. As Finn embarks on a road trip across America with his best friend, Randal, and a three-legged cat named Mrs. Dalloway in a last-chance bid to make his grandfather’s dreams come true, he will finally learn that the truth, though not always stranger than fiction, can sometimes make the best story of all.
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  • Simon & Schuster | 
  • 288 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781439187364 | 
  • December 2013
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Driver’s Education WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE
I’m editing scenes from someone else’s life when my granddad calls and begs that I bring Lucy to him. That I drive her across the country and collect the endings to all his stories.

“I’ve lost them, Finn,” he says.

I tell him, “That’s impossible. You know them all. You’ve told them to me a thousand times.”

He says, “I’ve forgotten. I’m forgetting.”

He’s a big man,... see more
Driver’s Education HOW TO MAP YOUR MEMORIES
Finn

The Arthur Kill is a spit of ocean just below Manhattan’s southernmost tip. The Dutch are the guys who named it—“kill” comes from kille, which means “riverbed” or “water channel”; “Arthur” comes from achter, which means, basically, “back”—though nowadays most people just refer to it as the Staten Island Sound.

In the mornings it’s green, the Kill. And in the evenings, when the... see more

About the Author

Grant Ginder
Photograph by Sarah Kearney

Grant Ginder

Grant Ginder is the author of This Is How It Starts. He received his MFA from NYU and lives in New York City.

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