Finn Murphy :: The Long Haul

Lee Child - The Midnight Line Event

Lee Child is Coming to Missoula

Fact & Fiction is pleased to present an evening with New York Times bestselling author, Lee Child, in conversation with Montana author, David Abrams.

Lee and David will discuss Lee Child's new novel, The Midnight Line, followed by a Q&A with the audience.

Each ticket will include a SIGNED hardcover copy of The Midnight Line, along with entry to the event.

Join us Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 7PM in the Dennison Theatre on the campus of The University of Montana.

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Finn Murphy

Reading & Signing

The Long Haul

Saturday, August 19th

2:00pm

 

 

More than thirty years ago, Finn Murphy dropped out of college to become a long-haul trucker. Since then he’s covered more than a million miles packing, loading, and hauling people’s belongings all over America. Known by his trucker handle as U-Turn, he spends his days (and many of his nights) in a 53-foot eighteen-wheeler he calls Cassidy.

In The Long Haul, Murphy offers a trucker’s-eye view of America on the move. Going far beyond the myth of the American road trip, he whisks readers down the I-95 Powerlane, across the Florida Everglades, in and out of the truck stops of the Midwest, and through the steep grades of the Rocky Mountains. As he crisscrosses the country, Murphy recounts with wit, candor, and charm the America he has seen change over the decades, from the hollowing-out of small towns to changing tastes in culture and home furnishings.

Some 40 million Americans move each year, and very few have any idea what they’re getting into or the kind of person to whom they are relinquishing their worldly goods. The Long Haul is also a behind-the-scenes look at the moving industry, revealing what really happens when we call in “the movers.”

Through it all, Murphy tells poignant, funny, and often haunting stories of the people he encounters on the job: a feisty hoarder in New Hampshire; a Virginia homeowner raging when Murphy’s truck accidentally runs down a stand of trees; an ex-banker in Colorado who treats Finn and his crew with undisguised contempt; a widow who needs Murphy to bring her archeologist husband’s remains and relics to a Navajo burial ceremony in New Mexico. These experiences inspire Finn’s memorable reflections on work, class, and the bonds we form with the things we own and the places we live.

Brimming with personality and filled with great characters, The Long Haul is a resonant portrait of the enduring appeal of manual labor in the dark underbelly of the American Dream.

Event date: 
Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Event address: 
220 N Higgins Ave.
Missoula, MT 59802-4435
The Long Haul: A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780393608717
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 6th, 2017