Harold Thorpe Awarded IPPY for “Giddyap Tin Lizzie”

Giddyap Tin Lizzie, The Long Road Back to the Plow, by Harold Thorpe, is a silver medalist in the IPPY awards Great Lakes best regional fiction category. The Independent Publisher Book awards “IPPYs” were conceived in 1996 as a broad-based, unaffiliated awards program open to all members of the independent publishing industry. The awards are intended to reward those who exhibit the courage, innovation, and creativity to bring about change in the world of publishing.

The IPPYs received 5,200 submissions this year and awarded 382 medals. Thorpe will be honored for his accomplishment at the 17th annual IPPY awards ceremony and reception on May 29 in New York City.

Harold Thorpe

Giddyap Tin Lizzie, The Long Road Back to the Plow is the story of Will O’Shaughnessy’s rise from poor farmer to successful businessman in pre-depression America. When a sibling unexpectedly inherits his grandfather’s dairy farm, O’Shaughnessy turns to selling Fords in rural, pre-World War I southwestern Wisconsin. Over the next two decades, as his automobile business booms O’Shaughnessy yearns to return to farming.

Thorpe grew up in southwest Wisconsin. He was a school psychologist for four years and taught for 32 years at the grade school, middle school and college levels. Thorpe currently lives in Butte des Morts and has a home in Door County.

Look for Thorpe’s next novel Bittersweet Harvest, the follow-up to Giddyap Tin Lizzie, this fall. For more information visit