At thirty-eight years old, Ruthie finds herself newly unemployed, freshly single, sleeping on a friend's couch and downing a bottle of wine each night. Having overstayed her welcome and desperate for a job, Ruthie responds to David's ad: he's looking for someone to drive his aging mother, Kay, and her belongings from PEI to Vancouver. Ruthie thinks it's the perfect chance for a brief escape and a much-needed boost for her empty bank account.
But once they're on the road, Kay reveals that she's got a list of stops along the way that's equal parts sightseeing tour, sexual bucket-list, and trip down memory lane. As David prods for updates and a speedy arrival to his home in Vancouver, Kay begins to share details about a long-lost love and Ruthie takes a detour to play matchmaker, but finds herself caught up in a web of well-intentioned lies.
With the road ahead uncertain, and the past and present colliding, will Ruthie be able to forge a new path? Heartfelt and humorous, The List of Last Chances follows a pair of reluctant travel companions across the country, into an unexpected friendship, new adventures, and the rare gift of second chances.
About the author
Christina Myers is an award-winning newspaper journalist turned freelance writer and editor. After leaving her long-time newsroom post, she turned her attention to more creative work, including both fiction and narrative non-fiction (and sometimes, secretly, poetry too.) She holds degrees in journalism and psychology from TRU and UBC, respectively, and is an alumnus of the Writer’s Studio at SFU. She is a fan of vintage collectibles and BIG dresses with deep pockets, she juggles parenthood and creative work from her home outside Vancouver, BC.
"The List of Last Chances is a snappy, soaring read that navigates the messy bonds of love and friendship with heart, humour, and hijinks. Myers reminds us that second chances may be closer than they appear if we're brave enough to look in the mirror and simply change lanes. A postcard-perfect debut."
--Ali Bryan, award-winning author of The Figgs
"Taking control of one's life involves making choices and taking chances. In this tender and marvellously comical novel, a 'good enough' existence is not enough. A coast-to-coast road trip (featuring breakdowns both mechanical and psychological, heartache, joy, and a large penis-shaped rock) takes us on an entertaining and enlightening journey. We all have the opportunity to follow our 'desire lines.' The List of Last Chances shows us the way."
--Cassie Stocks, author of Dance, Gladys, Dance, winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour