Ride by David Walton
(Carnegie Mellon Series in Short Fiction)

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David Walton’s critically acclaimed debut novel follows a week in the life of Ray Maddas, a man seeking to live a minimalist life by spending his days teaching the mentally handicapped how to ride the bus. With wit, humor, and compassion, Ride paints an extraordinary and compelling portrait of the madness of routine and the intricate complexities involved in life’s most rudimentary tasks.
 

About David Walton

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DAVID WALTON won the 2008 Philip K. Dick Award for his debut novel, Terminal Mind. He lives near Philadelphia.davidwaltonfiction.wordpress.com
 
Published October 1, 2002 by Carnegie Mellon Univ Pr. 181 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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Ray is soon attending parties of Pitt writing instructors, engaging in random sexual encounters with ex-colleagues of his ex-wife, having adventures not quite in keeping with what seemed to have gotten the book’s bus rolling in the first place.

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During the week that Ray gently attempts to teach his four "clients" to ride the public bus system to their menial jobs in a factory, nothing much happens, but the voices and personalities of the retarded men and women become memorably clear.

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Formerly a university professor, Ray tells former colleagues his new job is "a form of minimalism" and after "years of disseminating the great themes and theses, the great crosscurrents and tributaries of the Western mind, I'm now down to a single letter, one or two digits -- the 11A.

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Lincoln Journal Star

Hunt is a great character, and the personal insight into what makes him tick makes "The Hunter" not only the best Wyatt Hunt novel yet, but also one of Lescroart's best.

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