"Cadillac Chronicles" by Brett Hartman is, on the surface, a journey by car to the South. But it is much, much more. It is a story of growing up. It's about growing old. It's about family. It's about loyalty. And most of all, it's about friendship.
Lester Bray is not someone Alex Riley would ever have thought of as a friend. He's more like a social project that his mother decided on. Have an elderly person move in with the two of them -- brownie points that might help to advance her political career.
But after a short time, his mom wants Lester to leave. He's old, he's grumpy, and he doesn't like politics. But when he's told he has to leave, he has nowhere to go. Alex suggests that they go south to visit Lester's sister. He offers to accompany Lester.
Alex has a secret motive. His father, who left his mother when Alex was one, has never communicated with Alex. Alex looked him up and knows he lives in Ft. Lauderdale. Alex wants to meet him and find out why his father has made no effort to be a part of Alex's life.
Lester agrees to the plan and they sneak out the next morning driving Lester's ancient Cadillac. What ensues is a trip that is life-changing for Alex. He doesn't just find his father, he finds his moral compass. And it's a compass that leads him to do the right thing -- no matter what.
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