Blue Apple Switchback: A Memoir

Blue Apple Switchback: A Memoir

by Carrie Highley


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Carrie Highley was always a tomboy—and by the time she turned sixteen, she was wishing she were dancing with the girls instead of the boys at cotillion dances. In her early thirties, while living in West Virginia, she discovered a passion for road biking, finally stopped sequestering her deep feelings for women, and began an ill-fated love affair with a female cycling friend. Then, at thirty-six, she found herself skidding into Asheville, North Carolina, holding on tight to the coattails of her doctor husband and spending her time as a stay-at-home mother of two boys.

Moving to North Carolina was Highley’s attempt to reembrace heterosexual married life after her tumultuous time in West Virginia. But in Asheville, she met Charlie, a fellow cyclist twenty-three years her senior, who became her mentor, friend, and father all rolled into one—and as they grew closer, she started unloading her fears into Charlie’s inbox. With Charlie’s support, Highley finally got the courage to do what she’d been waiting her whole life to do: go down the mountain with her hands off the brakes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631520372
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 06/07/2016
Pages: 210
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)
Age Range: 17 - 10 Years

About the Author

Carrie Highley grew up in the piedmont of North Carolina before moving to the mountains and completing her bachelor’s degree in therapeutic recreation at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC. After moving up and down the east coast for fifteen years, she has settled down with her partner in Asheville, NC. She is an active member of The Writers Workshop of Asheville, Blue Ridge Bicycle Club, and Adventure Cycling Association. Blue Apple Switchback is her first book.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

1 Tides of Change 5

2 The Garden 11

3 Pandapas Pond 16

4 Roadie 23

5 Crash 32

6 Mountains to Climb 42

7 Athens, Georgia 52

8 Comin' Up a Storm 61

9 Veil of Guilt 69

10 Good-bye 81

11 High-Speed Wobble 92

12 Acceptance 98

13 Forgiveness 106

14 Traveling North 112

15 Up in Flames 125

16 Bag of Rocks 141

17 A New Life 149

18 Sopaipillas 156

19 Italy 164

20 Blue Apples 175

21 Courage 186

Epilogue 191

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