Eighteen in America Dylan Dethier
"This is a superb book about golf -- but it's also a superb book about growing up, fitting in, friendship, food and the great American road. I barely know a birdie from a bogie, but it didn't matter: I still devoured Dylan Dethier's memorable tale of innocence lost and wisdom won."
—A.J. Jacobs, New York Times bestselling author of The Know-it-All and Drop Dead Healthy
Featured in Parade Magazine, USA Today and on NPR's Weekend Edition.
At 18, Dylan Dethier couldn’t help but think he’d never really done anything with his life. Growing up in sheltered Williamstown, Mass., it was safe to say he hadn’t seen much of our sprawling country either. So, bucking all reasonable advice, Dylan deferred his admission to Williams College and set out on his idea of the Great American Road Trip: play a round of golf in each of the 48 contiguous states, meet the people of America, and try to understand the powerful and equalizing pull of the game he had fallen in love with as a kid.
Over the course of the year and 35,000 miles traveled in his dusty old Subaru, Dylan showered at truck stops, slept with an axe under his car seat, lost his virginity, and played $3 municipals. As his project gained attention from the sports community, he also met heroes including legendary golfer Phil Mickelson and Michael Jordan and he teed off at Pebble Beach and Augusta. He played in Flint, Michigan, and Gothenburg, Nebraska; weathered floods and tornadoes; and played nearly 150 rounds of golf. Dylan’s eighteenth year was one of many firsts—venturing into the world alone, exploring serious questions about his future, and fulfilling an ambitious quest. This was the year when people stopped calling him a kid and started calling him a man.
In crisp prose and with a wry, engaging voice, Dylan takes us beyond his own reflections to weave a poignant portrait of America and its golfers. From a wide-eyed Tiger Woods-generation teenager who learned that sometimes there’s more to be learned on a golf course than in a classroom, Dylan Dethier’s memoir will delight golf fanatics and lovers of American travelogue alike.
Dylan has been profiled by The New York Times and ESPN, among several other local sports and news media across the country. He is currently a sophomore at Williams College where he plays for their men’s golf team.
Published by Scribner in May, 2013.