October 8, 2015 Leave a Comment
Bernie hasn’t truly faced the fact that her older brother Mark is dead. She knows he’s gone. She feels his absence and her guilt over the distance between them is so heavy it weighs on her like nothing else, but it hasn’t truly hit her yet, and she’s never let herself cry. When her sister-in-law, Jenny, discovers a journal of World’s Largest Attractions Mark began keeping as a little boy, she passes it on to Bernie, knowing he would want his sister to have it. Mark gave up that dream for Jenny, for reality and adulthood and his family, tucking it away in a drawer and leaving the daydreams of his childhood behind, but as Bernie begins flipping through the pages she realized Mark never gave up the dream. He simply kept it to himself, occasionally sharing it with his children like a bedtime story, and always adding new facts, new attractions he hoped to one day see.
When the idea to make a seven-thousand mile trip around the country to visit some of the major attractions in Mark’s ledger strikes her, Bernie can’t help but feel it isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s the only thing to do to pay tribute to her brother. Convincing her mother, her sister-in-law and her best friend to make the journey with her isn’t easy, and in the end her best friend bails out, substituting her seventeen year old daughter, Ashley, instead, but armed with Jenny’s rigid schedule, carefully packed crates of supplies and a borrowed RV named Georgie, the final wrench is thrown into the cogs when Bernie’s boyfriend, Aidan, tells her he needs some time and he won’t be taking care of her dog while she’s gone.
Four women of varying ages, at staggered stages in life trapped in an RV for three weeks straight promises to be absolute mayhem, and nothing short of just that ensues…
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