Jane St. Anthony

The saga of three friends growing up in Minnesota in the '60s continues ... and author Jane St. Anthony describes her process: something like writing and thinking behind her own back.

 Whatever Normal Is  by Jane St. Anthony is published by the University of Minnesota Press.

When author Jane St. Anthony was a girl, a man in her neighborhood killed himself.

His wife and daughter moved away, but what St. Anthony remembers most is that no one talked about it; even her questions were met with silence.

We continue our observance of Mental Health Week with a candid conversation with Jane St. Anthony.

Twelve-year-old Margaret's mother disapproves of everything she does (and doesn't) do, before she even does (or doesn't) do it.  Keeping her toddler twin sisters from making peanut-butter-and-Kleenex sandwiches and other mischief is eating into her library time over the summer, and to top it off, Sherman Jenson from next door has announced he loves her.

"The Summer Sherman Loved Me" by Jane St. Anthony is published by the University of Minnesota Press.