In turbulent midlife – thirty-five years after her first cross-country Greyhound trip – acclaimed travel writer Sara Wheeler returned to the USA, in the footsteps of six nineteenth-century Englishwomen who went to the States in an attempt at self-reinvention.
Wheeler’s previous bestsellers, The Magnetic North and Terra Incognita, recount adventures to the Arctic and Antarctic; in her new book, O, My America! she goes from the swampy heat of Georgia’s Sea Islands to the icy purity of the Cascades, in search of these tough-minded women’s paths – and her own.
At a time when the world expected them to disappear politely, they came back with a vengeance. Come and discover a fascinating and formative period in America’s history, and hear some inspiring alternatives to the traditional midlife crisis!