The Book

His world thrown into doubt with the death of his father, Kyle Dearmond takes to hitchhiking, where he finds meaning, friends, and a new direction despite the chaos of the wandering road.

Follow Kyle down the highways of California and through the streets of San Francisco as he tries to find his place in the world.

His father’s passing and subsequent will shed new light on the death of his mother years before. But the will raises more questions than it answers and no one seems to know the whole story.

Unsure where his life is going but almost certain it isn’t going back to being a college student, he takes his losses with him as he hits the road. Kyle travels with and learns from those who call the road home on purpose and the homeless who have fallen through the system.

Interwoven between his attempts to piece together his life and its meaning are his trials to find the necessary food and shelter, as well as dodging the dangers of a life on the road and amongst the seedy underbelly of the city of San Francisco. Counter to the difficulty and darkness are the random, kind souls that he encounters and the chance for small, brief friendships.

Join Kyle in the harsh but beautiful world of the streets and open roads.

Norton’s Ghost is a novel rooted heavily in homelessness and hitchhiking. Available now! (ISBN 978-0-9843454-0-3). 414 pages 6×9 trade-sized paperback.

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