YOUR BOOK: Gone to Pot
THE AUTHOR: Jennifer Craig
THE EDITOR: Carolyn Jackson, Kathryn Cole,
THE PUBLISHER: Second Story Press, Toronto, Canada
SUMMARY: After losing her job and learning she might also lose her house because of a bad investment, Jess, a fiercely independent and hilariously wry BC grandma, resorts to growing pot in her basement to make ends meet. She then has to juggle her public life as a grandmother and member of the town’s senior women’s group – The Company of Crones – with her secret life as a pot grower. The unusual characters she meets along the way include Swan, the enigmatic young woman who introduces her to the grower’s world, and Marcus, the socially awkward “gardener” who shows her the tricks of the trade. Both of her new young friends are more than they appear, and Jess’ adventures in pot growing break down barriers in both her old and new circles. The delightful outcome of an almost legitimate business leaves Jess and her associates flushed with success.
THE BACK STORY: Nelson is known as the Pot Capitol of Canada, so when I moved here, I couldn’t help hearing about it. I was intrigued and found out more.
WHY SOMEONE WOULD WANT TO READ IT: Because it’s funny.
“Gone to Pot is an entertaining read, thanks largely to Craig’s dynamic writing style. Characters all differ greatly from each other in age and disposition, but dialogue is well parsed and believable, Craig making the seamless transition between voices look easy…. A great read for any age, reminding us that the elderly can be vibrant, active, and involved.” – Foreword Reviews 5/5 review
AUTHOR PROFILE: Jennifer Craig, from Nelson, is the author of four published books: a memoir, a book on vaccination, and two novels. She trained as a nurse in Yorkshire in the 1950s, emigrated to Canada in 1961 and attended a university as a mature, maybe overripe, student. She developed a rather jaded view of the proceedings. Later, as a faculty member, the jade took on a shine that certainly influenced her writing. She is now retired, lives a contented life with a bichon frise and is happy to have two of her six grandchildren live nearby.
5 Fun Facts You Don’t Know About Me:
1. I rode a Lambretta scooter in the fifties.
2. To celebrate a hip replacement in 2000, I walked El Camino de Santiago in 2002.
3. My first financial investment was in a French fry machine. Within three months I lost my investment.
4. My first (and only) blind date had no teeth.
5. I tried to play the bagpipes in my sixties but didn’t have enough puff to inflate the bag.
AUTHOR COMMENTS: The older I get, the more crazy the world becomes.
LOCAL OUTLETS: Otter Books, Nelson, BC
WHERE ELSE TO BUY IT: Amazon