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Crazy for the Storm

by Norman Ollestad

The tragic story of the pivotal event of Norman Olmstead's life, an airplane crash into the side of a mountain that cost three lives, including his father's. Only 11 years old at the time, he alone survived amid the twisted wreckage, the bodies and the bone-chilling cold of the blizzard atop the 8,600-foot mountain. Although the core of the memoir remains the horrifying plane crackup , its warm, complex soul is conveyed by the loving relationship between the former FBI agent father and his son during the childhood years spent in wild, freewheeling Malibu and Mexico in the late 1970s. Ollestad's unyielding concentration on the themes of courage, love and endurance seep into every character portrait, every scene, making this book an inspiring, fascinating read.

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