2016 IndieBRAG Award Winner.
Handsome and quick-witted Drucker May is miserable in the privileged life that he leads working at a bank in Atlanta.
So he runs away.
He wants to find what it is that he's really supposed to do with his life and he wants to have a good time doing it. Because the year is 1890, the people who he meets after he leaves Atlanta have no easy way to find out who he really is, allowing Drucker to reinvent himself in each stop that he makes along the way to California.
As he travels, he explores late 19th century America as well as his own identity - both real and mistaken - all while solving a mystery, falling in love and getting caught up in a wild west caper gone awry.
This story isn't just a rollicking ride from one town and one mistaken identity to the next, though. It's the tale of a man trying to strike a balance between his responsibility to his family and his desire to be his own man. Alternately moving and laugh out loud funny, A Northern Gentleman chronicles the adventures that unfold when one man decides to leave his boring desk-work behind to seek out the life he's meant to lead and to find that special something that his life has been missing.
"The tale is full of engrossing historical details, including information about the various towns and political climates that Drucker encounters as he travels west. It also effectively brings to life the experience of 19th-century rail travel. ...Everett's prose is full of compassion and insight as she explores the psyche of a character who's discontented with the status quo. As Drucker tries to determine his place in the world, readers will find themselves rooting for him the whole way.
An inspiring tale of a quest for purpose."
- Kirkus Review