Abby J. Olson is living a secret life. At age eight, something has happened that she doesn’t want the kids at her school to know – she lives in a homeless shelter with her brother and her mom. Abby is mad and confused, so she decides to write down the story of her life.
A Quilt and A Home is a gentle story of an eight year olds perspective of parental separation, poverty and homelessness. The metaphor of quilting is woven throughout the book as Abby begins her story watching her mom work on a quilt. When things fall apart in their lives, “putting the pieces together” in order to get her family back to wholeness becomes her desire.
About Pam Wessel-Estes
Pam Wessel-Estes holds BA and MA degrees in psychology, and has worked in social services and public health for more than 30 years. Early in her career she co-founded a domestic violence and sexual assault advocacy center and later led an organization which hosted an emergency shelter for families. The germ of this story grew out of her non-profit work as well as her own childhood experiences. Read more
Excerpt from the Book
As I sit here watching my mom fix up an old quilt, I have decided to write down the story of my life. Read more