Driving in Reverse: The Life I Almost Missed by Lindsay Wincherauk is the life story of the author, focusing mainly on Lindsay’s loss of love, his discovery that his parents are not who he thought they were, and his trip to Europe with a good friend to escape his life for a while. When Lindsay is in his forties, he falls into the drug scene, going out to clubs where he drinks and does ecstasy, followed by after-parties. He meets a woman named Trish who is also involved in the drug scene and falls in love. Eventually, Trish and Lindsay have a messy break up, and soon after, Lindsay learns that his real mom was a woman that he had grown up believing was his sister, and his father was a man he never met. Lindsay’s aunt dies around that time leaving him $60,000, and he uses it to travel and forget about his lost love and sense of identity.
The part of the book that tells of Lindsay’s adventures in New York and Europe is told in a loosely structured and creative way. It is at all times an interesting, funny, and over-the-top tale of debauchery and human bonding. When Lindsay arrives back home, he writes letters to his family recounting his discovery of who his parents really were, and the responses that he gets are disappointing to him at best. Yet even with a sense of feeling lost in the world, Lindsay is able to recognize that his life is good, and the story he feels he should tell makes a wonderfully unique book that describes love, friendship, loss, travel, and overcoming hardship.