Behind These Doors

Passages from

Behind These Doors

A Family Memoir

11 second intro: Passages from Behind These Door: A Family Memoir
written and spoken by Catherine Sevenau

An opener of doors, teller of tales, and family scribe, Catherine (Clemens) Sevenau is the author of 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. The era and sense of place provide a colorful background to a riveting account of her early family life told with humor and grace. With clarity and perspective, Sevenau embraces the events of her early years; what occurred happened for her, not to her, transforming a bewildering, fractured childhood into a life well lived. Catherine is an irreverent humorist and an astute storyteller. These twenty passages from Behind These Doors are a poignant and captivating taste of her first book.

If you grew up in the 1950s and 60s, Behind These Doors is part of your story. If you lived in Sonora, Southern California, or the Haight-Ashbury during that time, you’ll return to those places. And if you simply want to read a good story, to laugh, cry, and then laugh some more, you’ll do that too.

Behind These Doors Book Launch, video courtesy of Judy Baker

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