Patty Jane's House of Curl by Lorna Landvik This book is not new, it was published in 1995, and I read it because I had read a more current Landvik book and wand to see what her earlier work was like.
The story follows the lives of 2 “wacky” Minnesota Sister, from 1950’s through the 80s.
Has with most families, it is funny and touching, heartwarming, and heartbreaking.
Patty Jane, married young, and abandoned by her good looking, heartthrob husband just 2 days before their baby is born. His mother moves into to help care for Patty Jane and the baby, Harriet the younger sister, also falls in love that comes to a tragic end.
The house of curl, a beauty parlor in the back of their home, where they eventually held classes and lectures on various topics becomes a focal point for family and the “customers.”
As Nora, Patty Jane’s daughter says at the end of the book, “a place where they could not only talk but be heard.”
Although the book covers over 30 years of family history it is only 292 pages and a fast read. I enjoyed it immensely, and enjoyed seeing these wonderful women grow and mature.
The sentence that I think best gives a taste of what this book is like is. "...I realize that if I had loved the people who tried to leve me. I might have found God closer to home...what a big chunk of God is to be found in the face of someone you love."