Knowing Alma is a vibrant return to the classical American memoir which is too seldom written these days, but a joy to readers of all ages when done successfully. Pastorius has taken care to openly and honestly reveal herself, and those around her, in this coming of age tale encapsulating her own life from ages five to eighteen, from a visit to her paternal grandparents through the death of her grandfather thirteen years later.
In that time, Susan discovers and becomes fascinated and even enthralled by the magical woman who is her grandmother, Alma Pastorius. A private woman of immense depth, wonder, and life, Alma is one of those rare individuals who only reveal their true beauty over great time, for the nature is to grow and surprise with boundless energy and love.
“There is always the temptation in memoirists to fall into the trap of writing a biography, rather than telling a story; but Susan Pastorius remains true to both task and form from the first page to the last, and her finished product is a beautiful story that readers of all ages will enjoy diving into like a deep pool on a hot summer’s day,” said Kathie McGuire, director of Brighton Publishing LLC. “Susan Pastorius is a wonderful storyteller, and in Knowing Alma she offers up a book well worth reading. The gifts she has received from her grandmother are, I think, not just these stories to share with readers, but with the superb voice in which she shares them.”
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