On His Own Terms

On His Own Terms, a novel by Doug Shidell
ISBN:  978-1-935372-17-2
Format: eBook

On His Own Terms, a novel by Doug Shidell
ISBN:  978-1-935372-17-2
Format: eBook

In the spring of 1967, 17 year old Delone Taylor couldn’t wait to escape small town Wisconsin. Raised by a single mother, recipient of charitable donations and dubbed the welfare clan, he was tired of the labels, the looks and the stigma. A scholarship to the University of Wisconsin would be his only chance to escape.

Three years later, in the midst of Vietnam War protests and other campus disruptions, he realized that he didn’t fit into campus life either. He escaped again, this time on his bicycle. Friend and geology graduate, Pete Wilson, peaks his interest with stories about mile high glaciers, rivers that reversed direction and the 500 million year old landscape of Wisconsin’s Driftless Area. Delone experiences the landscape through his bike and geologic history through an active imagination capable of turning vague geologic concepts into lived experiences.

While glaciers and geologic forces shaped his home state of Wisconsin, more recent history shaped Delone. He has to face the reality of who he is, and come to terms with his own biases, when he meets Brenda Larson, born and raised on the opposite end of the economic spectrum.

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