A novel inspired by the writings of Kurt Vonnegut, Damaged Beyond All Recognition is a work-in-progress by Alan Felyk. A blend of humor and science fiction, it chronicles the life of Paul Tomenko, who became a sweepstakes winner, orphan, and famous writer, all by age 19. Loving and losing the "smartest woman on Earth," Paul has a brush with God that leaves him as the only conduit of hope for every human who has ever lived on the planet.
When childhood friend Mickey Mariner asked me if I knew about the "Magic Bus," I thought she was referring to some hippie Volkswagen van from the 1960s. Instead, she was talking about City of Fairbanks Bus 142, the vehicle that was featured in Into the Wild, the bestselling book by Jon Krakauer that was made into a hit movie by director Sean Penn.
Yes, the bus that she lived in before free-spirt folkhero Chris McCandless did.
Mickey's story is a fascinating adventure of a pioneer family that lived in the Alaskan wilderness in the 1960s. Her father brought the bus to a construction site as their temporary home.
I am privileged to be assisting with her first-person book. We'll keep you posted on its progress . . .