Jon Gosch

Novelist, Journalist and Freelance Editor

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If We Get There

After his father sells their family’s struggling roof cleaning business, Cash Dawkins is offered the chance to start a new life in Florida. Leaving Washington with nothing but his motorcycle and what few things his saddlebags will carry, he embarks upon a 4,000 mile journey across the continent, only to find that he is not traveling alone.

When Cash discovers that his younger brother Charley has run away from home and high school and is following on his own small motorcycle, the trip takes on a new dimension. Besieged by weather, women, whiskey, and the grueling realities of the road, Cash and Charley learn that destinations are not promises, and that the path less traveled is not always by choice.

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Funny coming of age travelogue.

I read this book over 2 days and was sad when characters Cash and his brother Charley's adventure comes to an end. Basically, it is a story of two young men riding their motorcycles across the country from Washington State to Florida with the promise of work at their destination. Along the way they meet interesting people, have some brief romantic interests, experience some legal entanglements, and near death encounters. The novel is a series of life experiences that are funny and exotic, without being so outrages that it does not feel real. I enjoyed the novel on multiple levels: the relationship between brothers, the locations and scenery along the way, the search for romance and fun, mistakes made and lessons learned. The dialogue between the brothers and with the characters they meet feels true and makes me think of the late Elmore Leonard's writing. Cash and Charley take a chance and adventure many readers also wish they would take. If you do, remember to enjoy the trip, as getting there may be more important than the destination. I think Cash may agree with me. Whether or not I take my own trip, I hope the author gives us a sequel.

Daniel (Amazon)

Can't wait to read more from this author

Every once in a while we have an opportunity to reflect on life's happenings that send us down one path or another. This story of Cash and Charley allows the reader to do that, from the seat of a Suzuki and from the musings of men in the making. The characters are charming, with the brotherly bond growing with each adventure, and Jon Gosch's writing style is easy to read and kept my attention to the very end (which in some ways felt like just the beginning). The profound moments, a giggle or three, and the imagery made me not want the story to come to an end. If Charley and Cash have other adventures, I definitely want to go along for the literary ride.

Skyler (Amazon)

On the road again

There are so many things I like about this book. First and best is the author's use of the language, even more important the use of everyday words. I don't think I have read anyone who has been able to capture "brother speak" better...the verbal shorthand that siblings use to communicate without broadcasting everything to the world. (With my own sibs, it was usually: Oh Yeah!) And the exchanges not only gets the story along but also gives little insights into the personalities and character of the brothers.

I like Gosch's style describing people and places. Again, the language is succinct but not spare. He not only tickled my funny bone, but also the little memory buds that made me think of times and places and once in a lifetime people I thought I had forgotten since my own 'coming of age'. Not bawdy or laced with obscenities like most 'boys will be boys' stuff. I like these unexpected remembers.

And the writer did not forget that there are three parts to a good book: the writer, the story, and the reader. This reader wants to see more of Cash and Charley. I want to know how they get to Wyoming, I want to know what happens to pliable, ever pleasant, wide eyed Charley when they do. Good read.

Karen G (Amazon)