English professor and former novelist John Cornish believes there are only three explanations for why he finds himself seeing and having conversations with Jack Kerouac--and Kerouac's overbearing mother--some 43 years after the author's death. Maybe there are some crossed wires in his brain. Maybe ghosts do exist. Or maybe he's just losing his mind. He'd prefer to pretend it isn't happening because life in December 2012 is busy enough with his precocious granddaughter, an impending visit from his estranged son, concerns about his daughter's personal life, and final exams for his creative writing classes. But Kerouac's mother has a mysterious request: Help Jack write again. Cornish's approach to this bizarre assignment is funny and poignant, and forces him to face questions about why he considers himself "noveled out."
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