Literary Nonfiction. Memoir. Women's Studies. FIRST GEAR: A MOTORCYCLE MEMOIR is a compelling story of childhood physical, emotional and sexual abuse that unrolls as the author, at age 50 and living with Multiple Sclerosis, rides her 2009 Harley-Davidson—named Thelma D.—from Ottawa to Winnipeg and back with a stop off in northern Ontario and a detour into Quebec. During her ride through the stunning landscape of the Canadian Shield, she shares stories of her childhood growing up in the 1970s in the Ottawa Valley with her three brothers, a violent father and an alcoholic mother. Told with a frank openness and humour, FIRST GEAR is ultimately a story of courage, survival, and recovery.
A tradeswoman, teacher and artist for over 30 years, Lorrie Jorgensen loves working with her hands and creating art with found objects. Her passion is the almost 20 year journey of building a home on a private lake that she shares with her partner, four dogs and a cat. FIRST GEAR: A MOTORCYLE MEMOIR is her first published book.Author City: GODFREY, ON CAN