Drifting in the Push is a fast-paced, comical romp that takes the reader on a journey through the unintentional adventures of one man’s reality. From the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Ocean, from Mexico to Alaska, missteps, stubborn obstacles, and fate are his constant companions, along with an offbeat assortment of entertaining characters. From time to time, his escapades include his two childhood friends—Bryan, who follows him to the unforgiving Arctic, and Shane, who steers him down an unpleasant alley or two. Amid this craziness, he picks up another friend—Hank, his devoted dog. This chronological series of interdependent short stories will take you from fear to love, amusement to surprise, and it just might occasionally leave a tear in your eye.
"Garrison, a restless college student, puts an often hilarious modern spin on On The Road in this gonzo tribute to young wanderlust and overcoming difficulties through grit, determination, and humor." – Publishers Weekly
"As a memoir of life lived so far, Drifting in the Push is a real beauty. Well written with an underlying sense of humour, Dan Garrison's life is one that we can all relate to in one manner or another.” – Blue Wolf Reviews
“The writing is excellent. Garrison's prose is clean, funny, and often touching. It's difficult to tell how much (if any) of the book is fiction and how much is a memoir. Doesn't matter - the stories have the authenticity one attributes to real events, and the narrative drive associated with the very best fiction." – Rabbit Hole Reviews
"This memoir is a collection of funny, sometimes kind of insane stories…Whether he’s trekking through swampland or nearly freezing to death on the floor, Dan’s adventures are always interesting and sometimes impressive too.” – Newbery and Beyond
“A fast-paced look into Dan Garrison’s life left me feeling like if I find something inspiring, go for it!...I found it refreshing and light-hearted at times, in addition to down to earth and realistic. Dan’s life is not boring, that’s for sure. He finds himself in several pickles in which I’m amazed that he is able to survive – both as a child and well into his adult life. It also leads me to wonder – how can so much happen to one person?” – The Incessant Bookworm
“Don’t think, even for a minute, that this book is boring. Every story in this book is engrossing. They are chronological stories, starting from Daniel’s childhood. Even as a child, he’s had interesting experiences. I was constantly being amazed by the different states he’s lived in and the different situations he’s been put in. How does one live like that?” – This is Lit
"A memoir that reads more as fiction than reality, this adventurous trek of one young man will inspire readers to go out there and take a chance on their futures. Adventure is just around the corner if you'll only follow it!" – Tragically Dull Adventures of an Almost Librarian