About 18 or so years ago, the author Lawrence Block wrote a novel called Random Walk, about a young man who begins a journey eastward from Oregon on foot, on what he imagines is a whim. Along the way he picks up followers, including a murderous character whose coming to terms with his past makes up a powerful subplot.
The book is clearly a parable for the recovery process, as well as a New Age venture into mysticism. Like all Block’s novels, it is tight and well-crafted. Unfortunately it fell flat on its face and is now out of print. Nonetheless, it’s a great read if you can find a copy at your local library or as a used book.