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South Away
The Pacific Coast on Two Wheels
By (author): Meaghan Hackinen
9781988732633 Paperback, Trade English General Trade TRAVEL / Special Interest / Literary British Columbia Oct 15, 2019
$20.95 CAD
Forthcoming 6 x 9 x 0 in 256 pages NeWest Press

South Away follows Meaghan Marie Hackinen and her sister in the adventure of a lifetime: bicycling from Terrace, BC down the West Coast to (almost) the tip of the Baja Peninsula. Along the way Hackinen battles with the elements in Vancouver Island's dense northern forests and frigid Mexican deserts; encounters strange men, suicidal highways and monster trucks; and makes some emergency repairs as ties and spokes succumb to the ravages of the journey. Luckily, the pair meet some good people along the way and glean some insight about the kindness of strangers.

A rare road-trip story with two female leads, this travel memoir also chronicles an inner journey, as the author begins to better understand her relationship with her adventurous (and not-so-adventurous) family. South Away tells an engaging and personable tale, with imaginative and memorable depictions of land and sea along the ever-winding coast.

Meaghan Marie Hackinen is a writer and cyclist from Vancouver, BC. Her two-wheeled adventures have taken her from Haida Gwaii to Mexico's high plateaus, across Canada and the United States, and, most recently, from North Cape to Tarifa along some of Europe's highest paved roads. Her writing explores relationships, experiences on the road, and encounters with wild places. Her creative non-fiction, poetry, and prose can be found in literary journals and cycling magazines. She has an MFA in Writing from the University of Saskatchewan and currently resides in Kelowna, BC.

Praise for South Away:

"Everyone says 'Be careful,' but Meaghan Marie Hackinen wants to live large. South Away will fill your lungs with the fresh air of adventure and restore your faith in human goodness. An exhilarating debut."
~ Candace Savage, author of A Geography of Blood and Strangers in the House

"Hackinen's journey is the quest of her dreams. Her sharp images of life on the road reveal that the world is more complex than she thought--and that sometimes people will let you camp on their front lawn."
~ Nicole Haldoupis, editor of Grain Magazine and untethered

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