The Curious Childhood Of Patty O. (Growing Up In White Bear Lake, Minnesota)
Description: Artist and author Pat Olchefski-Winston had a slew of unique childhood memories rattling around in her head that she felt just had to come out. Missing the charm of her hometown, she began jotting down her favorite memories. The result is a delightful new collection of short stories called The Curious Childhood of Patty O. Beautifully crafted out of a collage of bits and pieces of growing-up memories Olchefski-Winston reveals the charm of growing up in the beautiful village of White Bear Lake, Minnesota in the ‘60s and ‘70s. The Curious Childhood of Patty O seamlessly weaves together a tapestry of short stories that highlights the cast of characters and events which made up White Bear Lake forty years ago. The stories range from having winter picnics with loony neighbor Loretta Latooney and Slick Dick the Car Man’s scandalous wife to the wonderful times shared with grandparents on the St. Croix River and the adventures in all four Minnesota seasons, including snow-filled sauna parties. Olchefski-Winston’s heartfelt stories and memorable, familiar characters display an emotional level of depth – from love to loss, from fun to falling – that all readers will identify with and embrace.