Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Sunrise Over the Equator

Demi Tryon flees to the mountains to overcome the demands of her professional life in Sunrise Over the Equator, a 76,000 word literary fiction. After all, death-defying sport can make you forget most anything.

After fording a raging creek and surviving hypothermia producing storms, she decides there’s safety in numbers.  Via the Internet, she meets Sy, a Scot-Australian mountaineer who also loves wilderness.  And god help her, she likes him.  Not as a safety-buddy, but for his no-nonsense approach to the world.  Sy’s never run from anything.  Nor has she.

The two spar. She accepts his invitation to visit Australia where her attempt to understand Oz metamorphoses into an understanding of herself. 

Sunrise Over the Equator, a journey of self-discovery, swirls through powerful and starkly observant moments. Demi is a woman who has spent her lifetime teaching disadvantaged youngsters and yet has managed to nurture an abiding curiosity about how societies  act out their mythological underpinnings.

She is beyond middle age - almost at retirement, which adds poignancy to the fact that she has an opportunity to come to terms with the 'inner child’ of her subconscious. 

The story is written from the perspective of a keen traveler, who understands it is a dysfunctional childhood that compels her to keep hiking, climbing, and discovering new sights and sensations while pushing physical as well as mental limits.

 Readers who enjoy midlife-coming-of-age stories that focus on descriptions of natural beauty and personal transformation such as Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed (2012), Four Corners: A Journey into the Heart of Papua New Guinea by Kira Salak (2004and Adventure Divas: Searching the Globe for Women Who Are Changing the World by Holly Morris’ (2006) will find themselves engaged in Demi’s journey based on the author's real life adventures.