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A month before his fifty-sixth birthday, the author received a call that no one, especially at that age, wants to get. He was being let go as head of communications at the multi-billion-dollar tech company where he had worked for nearly twenty-eight years.

Reeling from the news that he would soon be jobless with a mortgage and kids in college, he decides to take a walk – a long walk. Leaving his car behind at the office, he begins walking the more than twenty-mile route home that he has been commuting for nearly three decades.

What is normally a fifty-minute commute turns into a seven-hour odyssey into the self as the author reflects on why he has stayed so long in an environment where he never really felt at home. His “great letting go” becomes a springboard to simplify his life and reclaim his authentic self from a world intent on bringing us all to a place of sameness.

Written in lyrical prose, The Long Walk Home reminds us that the only true journey is the journey within. It will inspire anyone going through job loss or who feels alienated by the artificiality of corporate life.

In the tradition of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance comes this moving tale of one man’s long day’s walk through the uncertainty of job loss to a place of firm resolve in the face of adversity. 

The Long Walk Home: How I Lost My Job As a Corporate Remora Fish and Rediscovered My Life’s Purpose is sure to inspire and make you think about what it means to be authentically human in an increasingly media-saturated, artificial world.