- Paperback: 48 pages
- Publisher: AuthorHouse (February 22, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1434353303
- ISBN-13: 978-1434353306
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.1 x 8 inches
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Grandma's Charms: A Memoir
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About the Author
Stephanie Dobson Trolle started writing early. In the fifth grade, she had a diary and even though she couldn't exactly get the words down, she knew she would become a writer. She faithfully closed the clasp on that young diary with the key each day. In the eighth grade, she won a spot in her school's yearly writing publication for her essay "The Pea." In her 20s, she began to keep hand-written journals and has many stored in a bookcase. In a few more years, she began to write novels but never published them, just kept them in piles on her desk. Someone told her, "It's time to share." This is her first published work, one that she is especially proud of. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, Mike and their two children, Michaela (22) and Thomas (18).
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The writer then takes the reader on a delightful, free-fall through the childhood of the Baby-Boomer who would grow up to tell the story that Granny, by leaving her off the charm bracelet, had unknowingly inspired her to write: "If Grandma only knew that the small being that peered up into her face so expectantly . . . was to become a writer, and a revealer of family secrets, she would have slapped on a charm so fast that my destiny . . . down the path of nursing or doctoring, the family occupations" would have been ensured.
One telling anecdote, as an example here: towards the end of Stephanie's bittersweet Dallas trip with her sister to see Grandma, there appeared the inevitable summer flies, so "I began to collect them in my empty ice tea glass. . . . I would cover the glass with a napkin . . . . Their struggle was akin to mine, only they didn't make it. Mom must have known it was time . . . . She called and soon Cynthia and I returned home. . . . I was no longer killing flies."
I would like to suggest here that, as a follow-up to this first short piece, the author might expand on the notion of choosing gold charms for her very own bracelet, when it became known that she would not be the family member of her generation to inherit her Grandma's charms - at least not the gold ones. It will become obvious to the reader that Ms. Trolle has inherited charms from ancestors that are worth far more than mere gold!