In The Long Haul, Trucker Finn Murphy offers readers a rollicking account of America on the move. In stores now.
“It seems strange that American letters has not produced a trucker-writer—until now. If you ever wonder about these American nomads, their lore, their lives crisscrossing this land, pick up this book.”
—Ted Conover, author of Newjack
“[The Long Haul] is funny and sad and wise, and it shows us the lives of people we depend on.”
—Matthew B. Crawford, author of Shop Class as Soulcraft
Brimming with personality and great characters, The Long Haul is a resonant portrait of the enduring appeal of manual labor.
FINN MURPHY grew up in Connecticut and now lives in Colorado. He started working as a long-haul trucker in 1980. The Long Haul is his first book.
More than thirty years ago, Finn Murphy dropped out of college to become a long-haul trucker. Since then he’s covered more than a million miles packing, loading, and hauling people’s belongings all over America. Known by his trucker handle as U-Turn, he spends his days (and many of his nights) in a 53-foot eighteen-wheeler he calls Cassidy.
In The Long Haul, Murphy offers a trucker’s-eye view of America on the move. Going far beyond the myth of the American road trip, he whisks readers down the I-95 Powerlane, across the Florida Everglades, in and out of the truck stops of the Midwest, and through the steep grades of the Rocky Mountains. As he crisscrosses the country, Murphy recounts with wit, candor, and charm the America he has seen change over the decades, from the hollowing-out of small towns to changing tastes in culture and home furnishings.
Some 40 million Americans move each year, and very few have any idea what they’re getting into or the kind of person to whom they are relinquishing their worldly goods. The Long Haul is also a behind-the-scenes look at the moving industry, revealing what really happens when we call in “the movers.”
Recent Reviews of The Long Haul
"A coast-to-coast ride that is trenchantly observed, wryly funny, and filled with human drama."
—Tom Vanderbilt, author of Traffic
"The Long Haul weaves a soulful tapestry of America out of asphalt, diesel fuel, and human need."
—Steve Dublanica, author of Waiter Rant
"A pleasing balance of humor, wisdom and unvarnished insights."
—Mark Vanhoenacker, author of Skyfaring
"Finn Murphy is my kind of intelligent roughneck. He deploys a keen eye, frank tongue, and muscular thought to show us how the upper class and the working class are acting when they think no one is watching."
—Michael Perry, author of Truck: A Love Story
"One of the year’s sharpest, most compelling memoirs."
—Anton Bogomazov, Politics and Prose, Washington, DC
“I couldn’t put it down…[Finn Murphy's] adventures make for great reading!”
—Stephanie Crowe, Page & Palette, Fairhope, AL
“Completely engrossing and worth the read, even if you don't plan to use movers.”
—Jason Kennedy, Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, WI
“This is the book I didn’t know I needed. [Finn Murphy is] engaging about his time as a long-haul truck driver while showing changes in American life in the decades he’s spent pulling thousands of pounds up mountains, through storms, and across the plains.”
—Jamie Thomas, Women & Children First, Chicago, IL