The Last Taxi Driver, by Lee Durkee

"Only an actual former cabdriver like Durkee could have written a book like this. Durkee's protagonist, Lou, barely scrapes by driving his cab in northern Mississippi -- a weird landscape of back roads, housing projects, and more colorful oddballs than you can shake a stick at. Some moments are surreal and some are sad, but Durkee's dark, delightful sense of humor is the real takeaway here. (I laughed out loud a LOT while reading this.) If you're looking for a wildly fun one- or two-sitting read, this may be just the thing. --Erika

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ISBN: 9781947793392
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Published: Tin House Books - March 3rd, 2020

"The Last Taxi Driver is a darkly comic novel about a day in the life of an exhausted, middle-aged hackie about to lose his job to Uber, his girlfriend to lethargy, and his ability to stand upright to chronic back spasms. Lou-a lapsed novelist and UFO enthusiast who has returned to his home state of Mississippi after decades away-drives for a ramshackle taxi company that operates on the outskirts of a college town among the trailer parks and housing projects. With Lou's way of life fast vanishing, an ex-dispatcher resurfaces in town on the lam, triggering a bedlam shift which will test Lou's sanity and perhaps cost him his life. Against this backdrop, Lou has to keep driving, and driving-even if that means aiding and abetting the host of criminal misfits haunting the back seat of his Town Car. Written by a former cabbie, The Last Taxi Driver careens through the highways and backroads of North Mississippi as Lou becomes increasingly somnambulant and his fares increasingly eccentric. Equal parts Bukowski and Portis, Durkee's novel is an homage to a dying American industry"--