Wish You Were Here (Sheridan Jobbins, Affirm)
Driving solo along the great American highways in a Chevy Camaro, Sheridan Jobbins is not only a feminist role model, she embodies proof of life after heartbreak. Following her marriage breakdown, Jobbins works through the stages of grief by running away on a road trip across America—the land of her childhood dreams—and accidentally stumbles into a relationship with a Welsh philosopher. Jobbins’ talent as a scriptwriter is evident as she brings the Americana she encounters memorably to life: from LA’s diners to Yosemite bears, Memphis blues, apple pies and Amish hospitality, the list goes on. This memoir recalls Eat Pray Love with its soul-searching journey, but expect to snort out loud as it picks up comic speed, particularly in the latter half. There is much to appreciate in this brave adventure and warts-and-all romantic tale, not least Jobbins’ candour and gutsy self-analysis. The issues that arise are real; how do you begin a new relationship when you’re still thinking of your ex? Entertaining, colourful, thought-provoking, and life-affirming, this authentic rom-com road trip will appeal to the broken-hearted and to those looking for stories of travel and love.
Joanne Shiells is a former Books+Publishing editor and bookseller