Calico Lane: Family, Truths, and (Breaking) Norms

a memoir

 History, humor, and heartbreak are threads

in this coming-of-age story. The influence of a close-knit 

Russian-Czechoslovakian family's traditions and

religious beliefs are only one of the hurdles faced as the protagonist matures through the societal norms of the

fifties through the nineties. 

Secret girl-crushes, a tragic death, and an internal moral compass challenge whether or not she should follow her heart.

Is it safe to tell her secret?

Will she live in The Lane, forever, like her parents?

Is she responsible for the death of a loved one?

What is truth, anyway?


Leaving Calico Lane was easy. The first time.

Humbled and happy to announce that an excerpt from Calico Lane was a semifinalist in the 2021 Tucson Festival of Books Literary Competition's nonfiction/memoir category.