Gainesville, FL Author R. Canepa Publishes Debut Novel 'Norton's Ghost'

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Hitchhiking And Homelessness Are Heavy Factors Behind The Narrative Of Gainesville, Fl Author R. Canepa's Debut Novel "Norton's Ghost".

Hitchhiking and homelessness take center stage as major forces in R. Canepa's debut novel Norton's Ghost and provide insight into the problems and perils of homelessness in the real world. Norton's Ghost (ISBN: 978-0-9843454-0-3), released in February 2010, is a 414-page 6x9 perfect-bound trade-sized paperback available at all major online retailers with distribution through Ingram.

"I wanted to bring these two ideas of traveling and homelessness together with some other thoughts of mine and hopefully show them in a way that allowed us to get up close and personal in them," says R. Canepa. "The book's main character, Kyle Dearmond, became a set of eyes with which to see the world of hitchhiking and homeless people from the ground level. While told from a fiction angle, there's an element of truth behind it all."

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. 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. 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.

Norton's Ghost, ISBN 978-0-9843454-0-3. Format: 6x9 trade-sized perfect-bound paperback, retail price: $18.00

About the author:

R. Canepa lives in Gainesville, Florida and has held a wide range of jobs, including positions as a bookseller, science teacher, and computer programmer. When not writing, he maintains a full roster of hobbies that include music composition and performance. Visit his website at for contact and other information.


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