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Even When Trapped Behind Clouds ( 5 out of 5)

Even When Trapped Behind Clouds by Patty Somlo is a well-written memoir that opens with the author’s childhood memories of dancing the hula, clicking lava stones in her hands, and learning to ice skate, ski, and sled. Next, she takes the reader through her abrupt moves from place to place, as she relocates with her military father and family. Her father divorces her mother, and her mother becomes an alcoholic.

She writes: “On our travels across country, I collected glass horses. I didn’t think about it at the time but in hindsight I believe that buying the horses was a way for me to deal with the loss of friends and familiar places left behind .  .  .  . The shattered glass horses were a metaphor for my life. They symbolized my inability to hold onto anything permanent when temporary houses, friends, and schools were all I had known.” — Patty Somlo

Even When Trapped Behind Clouds is forward-moving and easy to read (can be read in one setting), yet it is pensive and introspective. I highly recommend everyone to read it for personal enjoyment and enlightenment.

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