It's 1977, and there is no GPS to guide our 21-year-old flower child, Julie, toward salvation. So how does she get there? She takes a dark, loud, and scary joyride through one hairy obstacle course after another, barely escaping from the grips of the Svengalis and the Warlocks she attracts unwittingly. And, because Julie's vulnerable, yearning spirit has touched us, we travel behind her kaleidoscope eyes from Key West to New Orleans and on to a frantic cross-country bicycle trip pedaling from the bowels of Minnesota into the gaping jaws of purgatory, Manhattan. Fortunately, Julie doesn't abandon us there. No. No. No. She takes us in her tender, loving arms and carries us to Woodstock where she finds her own unique, exotic salvation living among squirrels, ducks, a few goats, and a pony. Don't miss this joyride to Joy Road.
"Joy Road is a marvelously written book. Get it!" -Abigail Thomas, author of A Three Dog Life
"In Joy Road Evans takes us on a tortuous and exciting journey filled with pleasures and pain, exhilaration and agony, joy and sadness, in search of her purpose in life. Coming from a family broken by sickness and addiction, Evans struggles to escape her situation through adventure, excitement and danger, as if trying first to feel and then to burn up all the pain surrounding her. Through a breathtaking series of adventures from Key West to New Orleans to Minnesota to New York City, Evans' memoir leads us to a small farm in Woodstock, New York, where she finds herself by caring for animals and people. This beautifully polished and intimate story reveals the deep sadness in the narrator's heart, her healing powers, her wisdom and her abiding innocence." -Mihai Grunfeld, author of Leaving: Memories of Romania, and Associate Professor, Vassar College
"On the road of life we take many turns. The two plus decades Julie Evans shares with us in Joy Road is a rollercoaster ride: sometimes a highway to hell, other times hairpin turns on dirt roads; all in a quest to discover the Julie she was meant to be. It's a real page-turner." -Tom Nolan, author of Second Cutting and Milo's Gift
"The cultivation of one's soul is a private journey that carries profound interest for all seekers. The gift of Joy Road by Julie Evans is constructed on truth, intuitive insight and courage in self-expression. Julie opens her arms to her readers to join her odyssey through life's betrayals into spiritual wonderment. Pick this book up and it will stick in your hands. Close its cover to sleep and an hour later try again." -Lawrence Winters, author of The Making and Unmaking of a Marine