Book Review

Driving In Reverse Lindsay Wincherauk

Full of sarcastic whit and tagged with the unbelievable storyline that the author buried his parents only to find they came back to life sixteen years later, Driving In Reverse by Lindsay Wincherauk is a self described metaphysical memoir.  The book takes a look at Wincherauk’s unique life starting in his childhood and going through the time of publication for the book.  This work includes discussions about drugs, alcohol, sex, love, adoption, and healing through writing.  It is a strong work for anyone who has had to deal with pain in their life, which would be most of us, and how to accept the difficult things that have been dumped into our laps and move on as well as grow from them.  While there’s no profound religious or psychological break through at the end of this story, it is a real and honest look at how one man dealt with the really crummy set of cards life handed him and survived.

This book shouldn’t work.  I almost put it down several times reading through the first few chapters.  The whole letter thing at the beginning is completely unnecessary and I didn’t care for it.  Time in memoir is a hard thing to nail and books have been written on how to accomplish this feat of putting spliced memories, memories that don’t add to the story but without them could destroy the chronology of the work, and how to deal with the work if it ends up being more topical than chronological.  I didn’t think this book was going to pull it off.  But for whatever reason, honestly let me specify the reason…the author is a tremendous writer, this works.  It is a mix of in the moment thoughts, recounting of a story, and lots and lots of over the top sarcasm that left me laughing out loud.  I’ve never seen a format like this before and I’m not sure it works with anyone else, but here it is just fantastic!  The editing is overall clean.  The style the author has is phenomenal.  His sense of humor is what really contributes to making the story and makes it successful.  The story is touching and difficult, but what impresses me most is his ability to sort through his emotions and make decisions that benefit him.  No, life wasn’t perfect; he was affected by what happened to him and the life experiences he has, but this writing is cathartic and his attitude is profound in sorting through the mess he was dealt.  While I can’t identify with a lot of life choices Wincherauk made, I can identify with how he got there.  Congratulations to you on this writing; it is a huge contribution to others out there suffering and hopefully to you in your healing journey.  I hope self doubt takes a hike for you!

Lose the whole letters to Ed thing; you don’t need it and I would hate someone to throw down this book because of something so unexpected that it’s hard to read through till you get the flow of the story.

If you’ve ever been depressed in life, pick this up.  I think you’ll identify with it and even if you don’t, so long as you enjoy sarcasm, you’ll be laughing by the end of it!

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