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The City Park footbridge in Valley City is part of the scene of an unfortunate event in the novel “Chasing the Strawberry Moon: Hitchhiking (for girls).” While the incident really did happen, it did not occur in Valley City, fictionalized in the book as “Felicity.” Photo courtesy Judith A. Grout

‘Strawberry Moon’ novel features VC

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People reading “Chasing the Strawberry Moon: Hitchhiking (for girls)” may not recognize Valley City in the novel, but it’s there, bridges, parks and all, under the name “Felicity.”


Unlike Dawson and Oriska, which remained the same, and Spiritwood, which shifted only slightly to become Spirit Wood in the book, Valley City’s name was altered for a simple reason.

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Kari Lucin
Kari Lucin joined the Grand Forks Herald as a multimedia producer in August 2014. Previously, she worked for a few years at the Jamestown Sun in Jamestown, N.D., as a staff writer, and prior to that, for about six years as staff writer and later online content coordinator, at the Daily Globe in Worthington, Minn. A graduate of Jackson County Central High School and Augsburg College, she has a bachelor's degree in philosophy and English. Find more of her writing at her blog, Oh Look, a Shiny Thing! or on Twitter at @karilucin.
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