"Beavers use their teeth to cut down trees." Father talking to daughter. " From this husband-father-scientist-physician, we experience the relationship, and learn what life is as he talks to her in high-level talk. "Life is just carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen..." Intimacy and objectivity. That day, she was 14; Kirsten, her Father, Mother and three younger sisters were in the car. They were driving home from what seemed like an ordinary family vacation when there was a crash. Ten years later, unexpected changes in location causes the small circle that is her family to tighten as Kirsten grows into her own sense of self. Like Rilke, she loves and mourns simultaneously. Kirsten Schowalter, like her younger sisters, entered the car as a teenager, along with her mother--after the crash, she comes out immersed and detached. A writer. Older with the story, echoing Rilke still, delivering her all with younger descending joy. This terrible story, now in your hands, in all of its terrible beauty.
Kirsten Schowalter was born in Minnesota, but calls many locations -- from Seattle, Washington to Marshfield, Wisconsin -- her home. Upon her high school graduation, she attended her father's Alma Mater: St. Olaf College. Subsequent to her college years, she moved to Yakima, Washington for the company of family and mountains. She attended the University of California Berkeley to pursue a graduate degree, and is a member of the San Francisco Writer's Grotto. She dances, writes, hikes, and spends time with her family in Tacoma, Washington as much as possible.