Richard Lazar is a failed novelist and an alcoholic, living in a trailer in Phoenix. But when he publishes a gritty memoir about his service in the Vietnam War, he becomes an almost instantaneous success. Sent on a book tour by his publishing house, Richard encounters his biggest fan: an awkward, depressed student named Vance.
Vance has problems of his own. But when he volunteers to chauffeur Richard for the rest of the tour, the two of them wind up on a hilariously disastrous cross-country road trip, gradually coming to bond as only two misanthropes can. The Grand Tour is the story of an unlikely frienship, and a panoramic view of America from a bold new voice in fiction.
About the Author
ADAM O'FALLON PRICE was born in Los Angeles and grew up in the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia and Knoxville, Tennessee. He received an MFA from Cornell University, where he taught writing. His fiction has appeared in Narrative Magazine, The Iowa Review, Glimmer Train, EPOCH,The Paris Review, and elsewhere. He lives with his wife in Carrboro, NC.
“Riotous. . . . Price serves up scenes of fierce and fresh originality.” —Minnepolis Star-Tribune
“[Price] has constructed a story with the immediacy of a good script, and with metaphors that operate with sterling efficiency.” —Electric Literature
"Price, meanwhile, is a witty and mordant writer with substantial largeness of heart. He's akin to Frederick Exley or a more breezy Malcolm Lowry... [The Grand Tour] is one of the most believable American novels of the past few years, a kind of On the Road for the lumpenproletariat." — Kenneth Champeon, Bookpage
"The Grand Tour gives the genre of the road novel a delightfully literary twist. The road trip is, in fact, part of a book tour taken by an old, jaded literary novelist and his biggest fan, a shy and endearing college student. A perfect book to take on your summer travels." —The Masters Review
"Price offers up an acridly witty portrait of the artist in decline. We meet his protagonist, writer Richard Lazar, as he's shaken awake from an Ambien-and-vodka-induced coma aboard an airplane... From here, the novel becomes a road comedy of sorts, interspersed with excerpts from Lazar's novel, the core of which turns out to be as counterfeit as its creator. Price is a finely trained writer, and the novel recalls the late John O'Brien's Leaving Las Vegas in many respects." —Kirkus
“Adam O’Fallon Price has a beautiful eye for detail, a deep grasp on people, and an enviable sense for where things go most entertainingly wrong. I haven’t read a novel that’s this funny and this sad in a very long time.” —Tom Bissell, author of Apostle and God Lives in St. Petersburg
“As shrewd as it is hilarious, The Grand Tour offers the reader something to wince and laugh at in nearly every sculpted sentence. This is a triumphant debut, rich in pointed, poignant truths about books, America and men.” —Wells Tower, author of Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned
“The Grand Tour is a beautifully written, darkly funny, and ultimately very moving novel about a road trip undertaken by two misfits, who end up much the better for their unlikely friendship in unexpected ways. Adam O’Fallon–Price deftly evokes the tender underbelly of cynicism, the despair and fear in misanthropy, and the fall into failure that lurks under success. A darker, tenderer, more twisted version of Wonder Boys.” —Kate Christensen
“Like the best works of comic fiction, The Grand Tour is suffused with hilarious sadness. This is a literary road trip like no other. A terrific book.” —Julie Schumacher, author of Dear Committee Members