Part memoir, part feminist manifesto, AMAZON WOMAN chronicles one woman’s harrowing journey to become the first female to kayak the Amazon River from source to sea, showing what extraordinary feats women are capable of and encouraging women across all backgrounds and ages to find the courage and strength to live the life that they have imagined.
Amazon Woman chronicles Darcy's harrowing journey to become the first woman to kayak the Amazon River from source to sea, showing what extraordinary feats women are capable of and encouraging people across all backgrounds and ages to find the courage and strength to live the life that they have imagined.
Besides being a woman, Darcy is also small, and vegan, which only compounds her problems in the eyes of others. Little, female plant-eaters can’t do things like kayaking the Amazon, or so she'd been told.
This 148-day adventure began on Darcy's 35th birthday after selling her successful outdoor adventure business, and upsetting her partner and boyfriend (Don Beveridge) by getting both of them fired by the new owner. This last fact would fester and manifest during the often harrowing journey. To add some sublime to the ridiculous, Don and Darcy were on the Amazon to support their client, Midge, who was not a kayaker prior to dreaming up this Amazon idea and, in fact, had never even been camping.
With blistering lips and irradiated fingernails, Don, Darcy and Midge tackled Class V whitewater; just barely survived a dynamite laden canyon being prepared for a hydroelectric plant, and pled for mercy at the hands of the murderous Ashaninka people who remained somewhat convinced the team had come to steal their children's organs. In a desperate act meant to give her some pretense of control, Darcy cut off all her hair just before they entered Peru’s notoriously violent “Red Zone.” The hope was to pass for a boy and be seen as less of a target.
What Darcy had convinced herself would be the mark of closure to a 16-year extreme sport ascent, a beginning of calm and social normalcy, did not end up turning out quite that way. Darcy had been looking for an excuse, a reason, or that final push to convince her to give up her weird life that very few people understood and to try to settle into a what most of America considers a normal existence. Darcy's hope had been that kayaking the Amazon (or any number of other big adventures) would so thoroughly satisfy her yearning for adventure that she'd finally feel good about turning her back on this lifestyle.
This didn't happen on the Amazon (or in the 5 adventure-filled years since). Darcy learned that embracing her weirdness and alternative lifestyle was the only viable option if she wanted to be happy. The Amazon expedition taught Darcy not to let social pressures dictate her life choices. She learned that she should keep on kayaking and having adventures because that's what brings out the best in Darcy and allows her to inspire and bring out the best in others.
Darcy is thrilled to announce that she just got a book deal with Pegasus Books! Thanks so much to my amazing agent Suzy Evans! Amazon Woman will be released March 3rd, 2020. It's been a years-long journey to land at this publishing house during which time Darcy had to learn the ins and outs of literary agents, query letters, proposals, publishing houses and more. If any new authors are reading this and embarking on their our journey into this intimidating world, send Darcy an email, she'll be happy to share what she's learned!
If you are interested in reading or watching more about the Amazon Expedition while you wait for the book to come out, check out the links below: