The Year of the Hiker written in 1963 by John B. Keane, tells the moving story of a man nicknamed the Hiker who returns home looking for forgiveness from the family he walked out on 20 years ago. The Story begins with his son Simey being urged by no-nonsense Aunt Freda to get ready for his sister’s wedding to Dr. William Dolly. The family’s thoughts slip back to the Hiker’s absence, and his wife Kate laments that Joe should not have to be giving his sister away. Nobody seems to know why the Hiker went after eight years of marriage. Hardest hit was Kate who withered in loneliness and shame, and Joe, who recalls the patience his father had for him and his devastation at being abandoned.