Genger writes with a poet's heart, a truck driver's focus, and a tourist's eye.  She transports us across America's breathtaking landscapes and urban blight all while trying to stay sober and neutralize her own demons.  I'm glad I went along for the ride.

— Neil Tarpey, author of Flashes of Lightning


Out of desperation to escape the confines of her small Northern California town, Genger breaks every rule of her 1970s social class, gender, and upbringing to become a long-haul truck driver.  Shift Happens will make you laugh, cringe, and celebrate as Margot navigates the underground life of long-haul truck driving with 11 different driving partners.  She criss-crosses the U.S.  delivering everything from Hustler Magazines to Washington State apples — sees both the beauty and the meanness that is America — and eventually realizes what she values in 'home'.

— Susan Bennett, PhD, English Professor Emeritus


Chapter 30 
New York City
 Gassed Tomatoes