The Road to Walden North

A Novel

In The Road to Walden North, New England author Sheila Post offers timely insights for a new age still grappling with issues raised by Thoreau over 150 years ago. An elegiac Walden revisited, this resplendent novel invites readers to accompany the transcendental journey of Harvard Professor Dr. Kate Brown—from talking the talk of theory to walking the walk of experience along the less traveled road of Thoreauvian simplicity. While deftly engaging with the motifs of Thoreau’s classic, chapter by chapter, The Road to Walden North also transcends its literary context, through its richly nuanced chronicle of the life-altering interactions among four individuals whose worlds converge and collide on the campus of Harvard University. The narrative depicts both the desperate and deliberate lives of its main characters as they consider roads taken and not: Heather Channing, a back-to-the-lander student adrift in the elite world of Harvard; William Channing, her organic grower, Buddhist, Ph.D. father, a cultural exile in the north woods of Vermont; Blake Prentiss, a Boston Brahmin with multi-generational family ties to Harvard, and Kate Brown, a newly hired Assistant Professor, whose life revolves around her academic work, until forced to grapple with the implications of the themes she teaches in her freshmen seminar on Walden. A luminous tapestry of dreams lost and found, The Road to Walden North will continue to rewild the lives and souls of its readers long after arriving in Walden North.

Sheila Post of Brattleboro, VT

A former college associate professor and specialist in Transcendentalism, Sheila Post, Ph.D., (The University of Chicago), taught American literature for over a decade in New England before deciding to write her own. With various publications in academic journals and with prestigious university presses, she now writes novels, essays, and blogs about the simple, the natural, the local, and the transcendental. Visit her blogs celebrating the Spirit of Place at and She also writes place-based Women’s Fiction as Síle Post. Visit her website at Sheila resides in Vermont, overlooking the forested mountains of her own Walden North.

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