Editorial Reviews for Driver’s Education

“[Driver’s Education] is both a kind of two-generational, coming-of-age story and an unsentimental portrait of a fragile aging parent sinking into dementia, all fueled by a road trip that vacillates between grimy and grim and wild and wacky… Ginder’s writing is colorful, direct, and imaginative…it is also achingly poignant.” (The Boston Globe)

“Lively, funny, gritty, and achingly real, Ginder’s sophomore effort should appeal to fans of Junot Diaz and Michael Chabon.” (Booklist, starred review)

“Part fairy tale, part picaresque, part coming-of-age tale, Driver’s Education blends reality and the imagined in a sentimental brew about the stories that bind generations.” (Publishers Weekly )

“An absorbing look at family history and the stories through which it is told.” (Library Journal )

Driver’s Education is an endearing, fun, big-hearted novel with memorable characters. Every once in a while, you read a book that you just can’t shut up about. Driver’s Education is that of book.” (Portland Book Review)

“This sweet ride tours the wild and wobbly nature of fiction with the inspired guidance of three generations of the tenderest tale spinners who ever tweaked the facts. It’s funny, warm and smart.” (Katherine Dunn, author of Geek Love )

Driver’s Education is the kind of book that will make other young writers crumple their manuscripts and unplug their computers. With a sniper’s eye, Grant Ginder takes the whole of American Life in his crosshairs. A meticulously-observed family story; a social fiction that involves everything from reality TV to truth-telling in the Internet age; funny and sad, smart and exciting, Driver’s Education is a great book.” (Darin Strauss, author of Half a Life and Chang and Eng )

“With Driver’s Education, Grant Ginder has come home with more than just the great pleasures—the sites, stops, journeys and stories—of an ideal road trip. He’s also given us an exquisite portrait of the mysteries, accusations, and bonds that link every father and son. And he’s also given us another sort of education: it’s a novel that reminds you how beautiful and moving a story, when told by an expert, can be. The novel gives all the pleasures and reminds us of the real highway we spend our lives on, that wherever we travel begins and ends at the same destination. It’s an extraordinary book.” (David Lipsky, author of Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself )

Drivers Education takes us on a sharply observed, hilarious romp across the country (in a rusty yellow Bel Air named Lucy, copiloted by a three-legged consumptive cat named Mrs. Dalloway) managing all the while to tell a tender, heartfelt story about fathers and sons and storytelling itself. There are lies we tell ourselves while we’re out looking for the truth, and Ginder reveals them in all their craggy, impossible complexity. Beautiful.” (Haley Tanner, authorof Vaclav and Lena )

“Call them con artists, storytellers, lunatics, or heroes, the characters that fill Ginder’s vast and imaginative world will stay with you long after you’ve put the book down. They’re funny and sad and poignant and true—perfect reflections of our imperfect selves.” (Karl Taro Greenfeld, author of Triburbia )


Vanity Fair

The Orange County Register

The Drunken Odyssey

The Park Record

New York Magazine



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