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Flee, 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.


Finalist for the Ontario Library Association's Evergreen Award 2014

A iTunes Editor's Choice top ten book for 2013

Lanark County Library's One Book, One Community title 2015


"Hepburn is careful not to romanticize Lillian and Audrey's journey: this is no joy ride, though there are certainly moments of delight and laughter. The unexpected relationship that unfolds between the women and Rayne, as he becomes their caretaker and, ultimately, genuine friend, is especially moving. As she marvels at the intricacy of a sunflower, Lillian observes, 'Things are so different when you look closely at them.' This applies not only to these two remarkable women, but to the elderly in general, and certainly to this fine novel." - Quill & Quire, April 2013

"Janet Hepburn’s fabulous debut novel Flee, Fly, Flown, features a cross-Canada road trip that will break your heart." - iBookstore Canada's Spring Preview, April 7, 2013

"'Flee, Fly, Flown' is an enticing adventure that has plenty to enjoy, highly recommended reading." - The Midwest Book Review, April 2013

"There is comedy, poignancy and an unnerving mix of compassion and dispassion in how Hepburn imagines the challenges of conversations, pain, unreliable bodily functions, confusion and encounters with strangers both kind and vicious." - Literary Review of Canada, July/August 2013

"Lillian and Audrey’s adventures explode like spiders across the stars of northern Ontario (and beyond), and readers willingly ride shotgun in Janet Hepburn’s moving narrative of madness."- Buried in Print, June 25, 2013

"The book...succeeds quite admirably at delving into the internal worlds of two women who are only seen as patients, at displaying the complexities of their lives and their ontological integrity despite such a desperate illness." - The Indextrious Reader, June 28, 2013


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