Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Evergreen™ Featured Title: Flee, Fly, Flown by Janet Hepburn

Flee, Fly, FlownFlee, Fly, Flown by Janet Hepburn
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You’re never too old for an adventure...

When Lillian and Audrey hatch a plot to escape from Tranquil Meadows Nursing Home, “borrow” a car, and spend their hastily planned vacation time driving to destinations west, they aren’t fully aware of the challenges they will face. All they know is that the warm days of August call to them, and the need to escape the daily routines and humiliations of nursing home life has become overwhelming.

Flushed with the success of their escape plan, they set out on their journey having forgotten that their memory problems might make driving and following directions difficult. Their trip is almost over before it begins, until they meet up with the unsuspecting Rayne, a young man also heading west in hope of reconciling with his family.
 As Lillian and Audrey try to take back the control that time and dementia has taken from them, Rayne realizes the truth of their situation. But it’s too late – he has fallen under the spell of these two funny, brave women and is willing to be a part of their adventure, wherever it leads them.

This novel is a road trip with a difference! But what happens when you actually want to travel with someone who is suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s? There are many issues that have to be considered, but a great tipsheet can be found at this Alzheimer’s resource page.
Are you fascinated by the idea of this novel? Wonder how it came to be? Then check out Janet’s website for lots of information on where she’ll be reading, and what she’s writing. You’ll also find a lively blog and lots of links to interviews and appearances. And of course, you could always come and see her in person this week, Thursday, August 28th, at 2 pm, at the Royal Palisade Retirement Community, 200 McCarthy Road West.  It’s free to all, but it’s recommended to call ahead to reserve a spot: 519-271-9800. And refreshments will be served! This author appearance is part of the Evergreen Reading Series, and is sponsored by the Stratford Public Library and Royal Palisade Retirement Community.

If you’re intrigued and would like to prepare for Janet’s visit to Stratford, get some ideas by watching this interview series with her, to learn about the genesis of this novel and her wider career path.


Don’t forget, if you read this book as part of SPL’s STARR Summer Reading program, you can claim 2 stamps on your Rewards Card, and also be eligible to vote during Ontario Public Library Week in October to choose the winner of the Evergreen™ Award!

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