Travel Writing review

October 29, 2009

by Andrea Burke

Travel Writing by Peter Ferry turned out to be one of my favorite books of the year. I finished it in two days because I just couldn’t put it down.

In a nutshell: A high school English teacher, Peter Ferry, witnesses a young woman’s death. Specifically, he was in the car next to hers, and minutes before she drove into a light pole, he believes they had a moment. She was obviously shaky and he thought about stopping her somehow, but he didn’t.  And the event changes his life.

Probably what kept me glued to Travel Writing was the mystery- Ferry takes it upon himself to disprove that the young woman, Lisa Kim, willingly ended her life and to prove that someone else had a hand in her death. Because of his obsession, he begins to lose those around him, and you have to wonder how far he’ll go for someone he never knew.

And that’s really why I love this book- It all becomes about boundaries. Ferry tests the invisible lines between fact and fiction, reality and fantasy, and our own limitations in travel and in relationships. The story searches for how we can change those lines, stretch ourselves and grow unexpectedly.

I loved this book, and I hope you enjoy it too.  A