Here to There and Back Again


Product Details

$15.00  $13.80
Crosshill Creek Publications
Publish Date
February 25, 2020
5.98 X 9.02 X 0.32 inches | 0.36 pounds

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About the Author

Gail Wilson Kenna, a college professor, taught in Germany, Malaysia, Venezuela, Colombia, and throughout the USA. As the author of four books, her many writing awards include the Donald Axinn fiction award to the Bread Loaf writers' conference. Gail has served as the Creative Nonfiction judge for the Soul-Making Keats literary awards in San Francisco since 2017. Besides teaching the past fifteen years for a Virginia community college, her new LLC, Crosshill Creek Publications, offers editing and instruction services. An active alum of University of Southern California, she earned her M.A. through a European program in 1982, and later took summer writing courses at Oxford University. The spouse of a retired Air Force officer, Gail and her husband reside on a creek of Virginia's Chesapeake Bay.


This book is fictionalized biography based on letters written by the author's great-great grandfather when he crossed the country to look for gold in 1849...Throughout the narrative, the author has interspersed segments of Eugene Chase's letters. Black and white drawings add atmosphere to this beautifully written story, remarkable for its low reading level and its excellent development of the main character.

Melissa Buckingham

Reader Development Program

Free Library of Philadelphia

I loved teaching this book for the personal and intimate discussions it drew, and for the historical and geographical content it offers. Eugene Chase's determination to pursue his dream, to forge ahead and overcome obstacles, result in a powerful story. It moved my students to write their own stories of leaving home to follow a dream. I will use "Here, There and Back Again" in future classes with confidence and pleasure.

Carole Harlow

ESL Adult Education

Sedona, Arizona