Flee, Fly, Flown

Flee, Fly, Flown


By Janet Hepburn


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.

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About the Author

Janet Hepburns first novel, Flee, Fly, Flown was released in March 2013 with Second Story Press. It was one of iTunes Editor’s Choice top ten books for 2013, shortlisted for the Ontario Library Association’s 2014 Evergreen Award and chosen as Lanark County’s One Book, One Community title for 2015. Her poetry has appeared in Room, Existere, Other Voices, Carousel, and several chapbooks and anthologies. She was a winner in the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival Fringe Stage poetry contest 2012 and short-listed for the FreeFall 2011 Annual Poetry and Prose Contest.

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Product Information

  • Release: March 18, 2013

  • $19.95 Paperback

  • 244 Pages

  • 5.5 x 8.5

  • Adult Fiction

  • ISBN: 9781927583036


  • 2014 Evergreen Award Finalist - Ontario Library Association's Forest of Reading

  • iTunes Editor's Choice 2013 Top Ten Book

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


Praise for Flee, Fly, Flown

"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

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

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

"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

"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

"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