Calico Lane: Coming Out and Going Home

a memoir about family and breaking norms

 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 mid-1950s to the end of the `90s. 

At an early age, young Judy does not feel 'normal,'

and learns that by compartmentalizing her life,

she might be able to keep her secrets.

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.

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