Bright Lines is the four-part life story of an unusually hopeful man, and his search for love, family and connection.
After a rootless childhood, the desire for love and stability becomes both a propelling force and a tender, vacant space in former foster child Easton McNeil's life. Yet the man who keeps moving forward in search of "the beautiful ordinary," is confronted by unexpected curves. He's a virgin who becomes a father. A humanistic dreamer who becomes a business journalist. A practical man who ends up leaving his stable career for a humiliating gig as a sidekick to the notorious shock jock, Cooper Ross.
Encouraged by Ross's oddball fans, Easton plans a cross-country road trip to interview them. Now an empty-nester, the man who's always loved the idea of home sells his and embarks on a wholehearted mission to say yes-to broader horizons, new experiences, and wherever the road might lead him-or at least that's what he believes.
The mission becomes more complicated when he meets the enigmatic Eleanor Conley, and the vacant space that he's spent years trying to mitigate becomes an all-out hunger. But are he and Eleanor meant to be together, or are they meant to be each other's catalysts on the way to somewhere else?
When it comes to human connection, Easton learns that some lines will fade, and others will be penciled in with question marks, but the brightest lines of all inspire love, forgiveness, and redemption.
I listened to this over two nights it was so captivating.
Easton has a horrible life as a foster child, and unwittingly becomes a surrogate dad to a troubled five year old, when he himself is only 25. He puts up with so much from the five year old's mother, but never lets it get him down - giving her all the love, time and money he can afford.
The second half of the book resembles "The Memory of Running" by Ron Livingston (another five star from me, please read it!) as Easton travels across America meeting people who read his blog. He's such a genuine, nice guy, you just want to put him in your pocket and take him home with you. A great listen.