By Kevin Fenton’81
Minn. Historical Society Press
St. Paul, Minn., 2013
Kevin Fenton had the “powerful sense of being born lucky.” Or so he thought, until the St. Paul resident moved to the city with his family after they lost their farm in Rollingstone, Minn., their family broken. Fenton, who works in advertising and teaches fiction, erupts onto the coming-of-age story scene with Leaving Rollingstone: A Memoir, a tragic yet beautiful tale of loss, the importance of family, the burden of injuries, Catholicism, and, what he calls the “self-righteous tendencies” of nostalgia.
Fenton’s memoir offers a true account of the ways in which childhood shapes our lives forever.