Harold Thorpe Releases First Novel

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.

This novel by first-time author Harold Thorpe includes topics such as illness, alcoholism and the 1930s economic crisis.

Thorpe grew up in southwest Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin – Platteville, earning a degree in education. He earned his Master’s in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and his Ph.D. in Education from Utah State University. He was a school psychologist in Janesville and taught at the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh.

Thorpe currently lives in Butte des Morts and has a home in Door County. Upon retirement Thorpe decided he wanted to learn how to write fiction.

Thorpe’s novel is available at