Katherine Wilson Hudson is hell-bent on becoming a fashion designer. It’s the mid-1960s and everything about the decade just smells of sex, drugs and rock and roll – but not in Kat’s world. In her small-city life, her parents adamantly refuse to let her go to art school, instead insisting that she do what any proper ‘60’s girls should do – become a teacher – and find a husband. Kat tries to be the “good girl” for two long years, but that somehow doesn’t sit well with her. When the opportunity for a scholarship presents itself, she ends up in New York City, a fashion design student at the prestigious Parsons School, the small-town girl trying to figure out where she really belongs.
Against the backdrop of the war in Vietnam, race riots and the burgeoning women’s movement, Kat must navigate the chasm between her seemingly superficial desire to be a part of the fashion world, and the real-life choices that will ultimately define who she really is. When she finds herself at Woodstock, a weekend-hippie, she begins to realize that her grandmother was right when she told her that life would never be about finding herself. It would be about creating herself.
Determined to create the life she envisions, Kat faces one personal crisis after another before joining forces with an unlikely associate. And eventually figuring out who she is. “If you want to make god laugh,” her grandmother, Fran, had told her, “tell her your plans.”
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About the Author
After twenty years of health & business writing, including authoring or co-authoring 11 books and numerous articles, Patricia J. Parsons took her first bold step into creative non-fiction with the publication in 2009 of her memoir Another ‘Pointe’ of View: The Life and Times of a Ballet Mom (Dreamcatcher Publishing), a book that chronicled her unexpected life as the mother of an elite ballet dancer – all the more surprising in a hockey-mad country like Canada, since that dancer is her son.
Following up on that experience, she took her considerable research skills to her second passion: historical fiction and women’s fiction. She is the author of the novels Grace Note: In Hildegard’s Shadow and In the Shadow of the Raven.
By day, she is a Professor of Communication Studies at a small, east coast university.