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The Graduation Present by JT Twissel
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The Graduation Present

by JT Twissel

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The Graduation Present is a semi-autobiographical journey through Europe in the late 60’s. The height of the hippie movement is portrayed in dress and thought and we get a clear picture of our long-haired, idealistic protagonist, Riley. Riley has been given a ticket to Germany as a graduation gift from her uncle. She arrives to discover one of the motives is for her to chauffeur boozy Uncle Bob who has lost his driver’s license.
The book chronicles humorous trips to France and Italy and through the Swiss Alps… part travelogue, part fiction with a sprinkling of mystery. The young innocent abroad has to deal with the sudden death of her uncle’s friend, her travel companion, and “escapes” in a panic as the police begin an investigation into possible CIA connections. Riley visits some of the usual places, but mostly explores the back roads. Her delight in the “real’ Europe of castles, cottages and gastronomic delights is countered all too soon by feeling lost and estranged by separate cultures. This feeling will be familiar to any traveler who spends much time aboard: at first you are delighted with a fresh way of life, eager to try out a new language and diverse food and then you long for familiarity and communication in the tongue you are most comfortable with. Riley is not only alienated by foreign customs, but by the mores and habits of the older generation she stays with; a confrontation of the New World versus the Old World and young and old.
This funny account peppered with clever observations is written by my neighbor and fellow author from whom I received an advanced copy. JT Twissel is a polished and entertaining writer. Take The Graduation Present on vacation with you. ( )
  CindaMac | Mar 26, 2017 |
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