The Long Road

Hank Galloway is a dreamer. When he looks up at the night sky, he longs to be the person who sends spaceships out into the great unknown. A position at NASA has always been his dream, and he is well on his way to achieving that goal. Hank is in the middle of working toward an engineering degree at a rigorous California university.

Hank is also looking forward to marrying one day. He has a serious girlfriend—the beautiful, kind Tracy Owens. However, Hank is hiding a crucial bit of information from Tracy: he’s struggling with an undiagnosed mental illness. In the middle of a grueling academic semester, he suffered a mental breakdown and was hospitalized for three days. Hank knows that ignoring his problems won’t make them go away, but he isn’t sure how to tell Tracy.

Unfortunately, Hank’s secret leaks out when he and Tracy are visiting his parents. Soon his life is spiraling out of control, and relations with Tracy and his mother and father become unbearably strained. Will a new psychiatrist and an acceptance to an elite university help him regain his footing? Or will jail time knock him off his path to professional fulfillment and happiness?

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Praise for The Long Road

“For those who want to better understand how a serious mental illness can derail a young man’s life, The Long Road is a trip worth taking. Hank Galloway may be an unreliable narrator, but he spins an interesting tale as he struggles to finish his education, keep his romantic relationship intact, and land his dream job of working for NASA in Daniel Oliver’s debut novel. There are not enough novels that directly deal with mental illness, but The Long Road is a nice addition to this select group.” —Karen Winters Schwartz, president of NAMI Syracuse; author of Where Are the Cocoa Puffs?: A Family’s Journey Through Bipolar Disorder, Reis’s Pieces: Love, Loss, and Schizophrenia, and The Chocolate Debacle

“This is the compelling story of a man following his dream while coming to grips with a devastating medical diagnosis.  Though fictional, it has the impact of a true autobiography and is hard to put down.”
                     —Eileen Haavik McIntire, President, Maryland Writers’ Association, and author of the 90s Club mystery series.
 “A moving and deeply honest novel of human resilience. Well done, Mr. Oliver!”—Dan Fesperman, author of Safe Houses

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