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A Snapshot of the Adirondacks: Background information when reading Never Coming Back

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Never Coming Back

by Alison McGhee

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    Oct 2017, 256 pages

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A Snapshot of the Adirondacks

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Alison McGhee tells her story in Never Coming Back against the backdrop of the wildly varied ecosystems of New York State's Adirondack Region, located in the most northern part of the state close to the borders of Canada and Vermont.

Adirondacks camping The Adirondacks cover an area of more than six million acres - a roughly circular area about 160 miles in diameter. It is the largest protected natural area in the lower 48 States.

Adirondacks canoesIn the Mohawk language, Adirondack means porcupine. The area contains over 100 mountains and about 3000 lakes and ponds. It has been settled for at least 12,000 years and, today, boasts more than 2000 miles of hiking trails.

Biking, hiking, fishing, canoeing and kayaking are some of the many outdoors activities that draw people to the region.

MooseThe Adirondack Mountains are heavily forested. The lower levels are covered with northern hardwoods which, being deciduous, provide stunning fall foliage. Climbing above about 2500 feet, the hardwoods give way to firs and spruce.

However, despite its stunning landscape, the Adirondacks are extremely isolated, which discourages companies from setting up shop there.

Adirondack mountain sceneWhile the tourism industry is a major employer of the 132,000 year round population, as are federal, county, town and school institutions, unemployment is a problem with rates in some areas above 11%.

That said, there is no denying the raw beauty of the Adirondacks and its draw for people who love both adventure and the wilderness.

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This "beyond the book article" relates to Never Coming Back. It originally ran in November 2017 and has been updated for the October 2018 paperback edition. Go to magazine.

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