The Leisure Seeker

The Leisure Seeker

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John and Ella Robina, a couple married 50+ years--she has stopped her cancer treatments, he has Alzheimer's-- kidnap themselves from the adult children and the doctors who seem to run their lives, and steal off on a forbidden vacation determined to provethat, when it comes to life, you can go back for seconds and sneak a little extra time.

Blackwell North Amer

The Leisure Seeker is a sweet natured travelogue that’s about the end of the road in more ways than one….The Dangerous Book for Seniors!”
—Bob Morris, author of Assisted Loving


A sort of Easy Rider meets The Notebook, Michael Zadoorian’s poignant, funny, vibrant, and unforgettable novel, The Leisure Seeker, is a story of two seniors who escape from their retirement home and embark upon a hilarious and touching end-of-life road trip. Here is a story that will appeal to a wide range of readers: from retiring Baby Boomers to fans of Mitch Albom, Tom Perotta, David Sedaris, Nick Hornby, and Nicholas Sparks. In fact, the Detroit Free Press says, “I would recommend Michael Zadoorian’s The Leisure Seeker to almost anyone.”



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Recognizing that the final stage of their lives is upon them, John and Ella Robina, the former an Alzheimer's patient, the latter succumbing to cancer, sneak away from their over-protective children and doctors to embark on an RV vacation along Route 66.
Recognizing that the final stage of their lives is upon them, John and Ella Robina, the former an Alzheimer's patient, the latter succumbing to cancer, sneak away from their over-protective children and doctors to embark on an RV vacation along Route 66. 35,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061671784
Branch Call Number: ZAD
Characteristics: 272 p

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redoute
Mar 14, 2019

I loved this book, although it is rather painful to read. Like a lot of Boomers, I am starting to think about end-of-life scenarios. Previous generations don't seem to have had the same kind of options that we Boomers do (and I'm not talking about financial resources).
It seems to be a fairly recent phenomenon to actively plan for end-of-life. So I loved that this protagonist took such an active role. It opened my mind.

It is a funny and touching read about an elderly couple, who have been happily married for more than 60 years. Now in their 80s and in failing health, they sneak away from their adult children and their doctors, and away from their home in the Detroit suburbs for a forbidden journey of rediscovery. I felt as if I really knew the characters and that they were people I could encounter in real life. I loved this book. (submitted by DD)

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Butterfly121761
Aug 14, 2018

It was a heartwarming read. Not the ending I was expecting (and I had several endings conjured up in my mind!). It wasn't one of the best works of fiction on alzheimer's in my opinion but on aging and illness in general it was pretty poignant! I am curious now to see the movie.

SFPL_ReadersAdvisory Jul 20, 2018

Film based on this novel, 2018 Golden Globe nominee, Helen Mirren ,Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy .

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QnVz
Jul 13, 2018

What a beautiful and powerful book! My feelings were so invested in Ella and John! Lovely, lovely, lovely!

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alacombe3
Aug 10, 2015

Loved this book, it will fall under one of those books that I will never forget. Loved the elderly couple, some funny and some poignant parts. The ending made me cry, it certainly makes you think of your own immortality.

WVMLStaffPicks Sep 19, 2014

This is the oddly enthralling story of an elderly couple, on their last legs with Alzheimers and incurable cancer, who escape their worried children and endless medical appointments by setting out in an old RV on a roadtrip across the US. I was completely won over by these characters -- funny, spirited and unflinchingly authentic.

dianapoet Jan 27, 2013

Funny, heartwarming, sad, this novel has all the range of emotions that we experience in life.

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MissVerity
Jan 17, 2013

Bittersweet story! Great details in a down-to-earth, Americana saga style, first-person narrative. 100% believable characters (I used to work with Alzheimer's patients & their families). An abrupt but iron-strong ending; it challenges the reader's perspective on lifestyle choices for the chronically ill.

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PTDBD
Jan 14, 2012

Fantastic, moving, funny & sad. A great getaway for those wanting to leave the ordinary behind. I can see Jack Nicholson & Cathy Bates playing these roles.

appeals to the more mature but young at heart.

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