Queen Bee: Reflections on Life and Other Rude Awakenings

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Catherine Sevenau

Catherine (Clemens) Sevenau is an irreverent humorist and an astute storyteller. An opener of doors, teller of tales, and family scribe, she is the author of Queen Bee: Reflections on Life and Other Rude Awakenings and Passages from Behind These Doors: A Family Memoir. Her kaleidoscope of frank, funny, and tender tales are about sin and prayer, good intentions and unattended sorrows, and about finding our way back home. Growing up in California in the 1950s and 60s, she was raised primarily by an older sister, survived five years living with an unhinged erratic mother, and spent summers working at her father's five-and-dime in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury. With clarity and perspective, Sevenau embraces the events of her early years, and comes to appreciate what transpired were gifts in disguise: that what occurred happened for her, not to her. Transforming a bewildering and fractured childhood into a life well lived, she has found her way back home.