Hitchhiking Cross-Country 1971

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Highlighting the facts behind Historical Fiction with Nancy Thorne and her young adult novel, The Somewhere I See You Again.

Generally in this spot we include bits of research behind a novel. Nancy began this work expecting to look at the lives of young people fifty years ago, and things she learned hitchhiking in the early seventies, but she wanted to touch on the lives of indigenous people of Canada. After she began her research some of it, particularly the impact of residential schools, quickly drove her much farther back.

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Hitchhiking in the 70s

She has already written about her findings extensively. Here is “Residential Schools in Canada: A Heartbreaking Timeline.”

About the Book

Hannah will resort to anything to save her mother’s life. Including blackmail. Even if the target is the former boyfriend of her goody-goody best friend, Stacy.

Except, he just moved to the West Coast, and now it’s up to Hannah to convince Stacy to hitchhike with her cross-country to confront him.

It’s 1971. Change is happening. And Hannah’s understanding of the world is about to be tested by those she encounters along the way, including a gorgeous draft dodger.

Someone is about to face a deathly experience. But it’s not Hannah’s mother.

The Somewhere I See You Again is an extraordinary story about the life-changing power of love and friendship against insurmountable odds.

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An Excerpt~

The low tone of Arlo’s voice seeps through my skin and arouses something deep inside me. I hang on his words. Then, except for a heavy sigh, Arlo is the silent one, his thoughts miles away, probably in West Virginia.

“I know a lot about trees,” I say.

He returns. “Oh yeah?”

“A-huh. My dad taught me.”

Arlo looks confused. “I thought you were a city girl.”

“Oh, well, yeah. I don’t live around mountains or rivers. I mean, there’s trees in a park near my house, and a creek with tadpoles−“

Arlo laughs. “As I sad. City girl.”

The wrong side of the tracks would be more like it but that’d make you laugh even more.

“So, your father knows a lot about trees even though you don’t live in the country?”

“It’s his … hobby.” I have to catch my breath. We’re close to talking about my home. About Sloan Hill.

“And your mom? Does she have a hobby?”

My heart is aching. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m acting stupid on front of Arlo or because my mother is at the forefront of my brain, her body weak and half its normal size.”

Breathe, Hannah. “She used to sew.”

“Used to?”

“Yeah. She’s−“ I bite my lower lip. A single tear escapes. This is not time to ruin one of the happiest moments of my life. Luke ruined enough of it already.

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About the Author

Nancy Thorne is an award-winning author of fiction inspired by the romance and courage
of youth. Her debut novel Victorian Town won First Place for the 2019 Dante Rossetti
Award. Numerous short stories have been published in well-know publications such as
The First Line Literary Journal and Edify Fiction.
Her new novel The Somewhere I See You Again is set for release June 2021. She is
currently completing the Creative Writing Certificate Program at the University of
Nancy lives just outside of Toronto in the Town of Whitby with her husband and one son,
along with an energetic labrador and entertaining corgi.


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