AMAZON HITCHHIKER is the true story of Alycin Hayes, a young woman who follows her dream and hitchhikes alone in the 1970s from Canada across the USA, Mexico and Central America to South America where she buys an old dugout canoe thinking she can paddle from Colombia to Brazil on the Amazon River.
Without enough food or even a map she soon discovers the Amazon rainforest is not the idyllic paradise she had imagined. She forges her way through this challenging, sometimes mystical adventure, facing life-threatening obstacles, while falling in love along the way.
With candid honesty and a lifesaving sense of humor, Hayes has written an account of her travels that you won’t be able to put down.
In the tradition of The Glass Castle, this “gorgeous” (The New York Times, Editors’ Choice) and deeply felt memoir from Whiting Award winner Nadia Owusu tells the “incredible story” (Malala Yousafzai) about the push and pull of belonging, the seismic emotional toll of family secrets, and the heart it takes to pull through.