These seven short stories trace the childhood memories of a young boy, humorously nicknamed General Custer. The General, optimistic by nature and battered by circumstances, moves from Corvallis, Oregon, to the coastal town of Fairhaven, California. In this patchwork tarpaper town, on the north spit of Humboldt Bay, there are no phones, no indoor toilets, and with mostly absent parents, very few rules for rugged country kids. Tracing General Custers intrepid spirit and ardent observations, Kids in the Wind brims with windy salt air, unimaginable adventure, embarrassing discoveries of young love, and a great deal of humor. As the stories unravel they lead you to that age-old-question; why grow up?
Praise for Kids in the Wind:
“More than almost any writer since Mark Twain, Wethern opens a window onto the lives of young kids in a rural, working-class town. Wethern’s spot-on psychology and pitch-perfect dialogue bring into memorable and touching reality the kids’ adventures and their skill at outfoxing the grown-ups.”—Don Marshall, Fletcher Jones Chair of Great Books, Pepperdine University