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Peeing On Hot Coals

Adult; Memoir; (Market)

This can’t-put-it-down coming of age memoir is dramatic and heart wrenching, as young Patsy Lou takes us on a journey through the Dust Bowl of Oklahoma and Texas at the time of our nation’s greatest environmental disaster. You will keep reading to find out what more could happen to this sweet child of the Great Depression after she endures severe burns down there at age seven when she pees on hot coals and suffers a type of genital mutilation as a result. Patsy Lou grows up listening to scary sermons about The End of the World and being thrown into a lake of fire for the least infraction of guidelines set by evangelical zealots. And with it all, her delicious sense of humor is evident throughout Peeing On Hot Coals. We laugh at Auntie Maud who weighs her four hundred pounds on the cotton gin scale and uses a hand painted stop sign so she can cross the road. Patsy’s preacher dad and her stern Mama are straight from the Bible belt. Mama doesn’t even wear a wedding band believing that Self- adornment is against the will of God. We are transported to a time when girls marry young and their hopes and dreams are not considered. “Whither Thou Goest I will go, Thy people will be my people, thy God my god.” Mama quotes to Patsy on her wedding day. From such humble beginnings and with little formal education Patsy Lou’s motto of It Can Be Done instilled in her the fearlessness to find love after divorce and to found an international peace foundation for which she received the United Nations Peace Messenger Award and was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. But perhaps most of all, Patsy Lou learns to love the girl she was and to appreciate the woman she is.
. David Sheff New York Times best-selling memoir Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journ

This book is utterly delightful. The writing is stunning. It's funny and, moreover, poignant, insightful. I'm blown away. 

Alev Lytle Croutier—bestselling author of Harem: The World Behind the Veil

“This is not only a beautiful memoir but also a gem of Americana. The imagery of the dust bowl depression, preacher father’s fanatical sermons, Montandon's great sense of humor remains with you long after you’ve finished reading it, and you are so touched by the indomitable spirit of Patsy Lou that you feel her pain, determination, and joy throughout the book.  You are in awe of a woman who searches for greatness in the cinder of the hot coals-even if that means peeing on them.” 

Armistead Maupin, best selling author of Tales of The City

Pat Montandon's charm and decency and trademark spunk shine through on every page of this genuinely heart-tugging and beautifully written memoir.

Julia Scheeres

 bestselling author of Jesus Land


This book is wonderful, sweeping,historical.

Mel White, Author of Religion Gone Bad and Stranger At The Gate: to be Gay and C

"I know Pat Montandon. I've seen her at work directing her amazing organization Children as Teachers of Peace. Reading this autobiographical account of her childhood and youth left me gasping with disbelief and laughing so hard I nearly Peed on Hot Coals myself. In her adult life, Pat Montandon managed to escape her abusive yet hilarious past and not only survive it. She triumphed over it. When I met Pat she was the essence of sophistication, elegant, compassionate and worldly-wise. But I couldn't really understand why she was so self-confident until I learned what she had overcome through grit, guts, grace and good luck. Reading this second installment of her autobiography was an eye-opener on a slice of life most of us will never know (thank God). I guarantee that you will enjoy this true life Cinderella story and be relieved that the glass slippers not only fit. She's still wearing them these sixty years later." 

Merla Zellerbach, best selling author of the Hallie Marsh series

"This book is Pat Montandon at her literary best. Caring and compassion shine through her growing-up experiences, and her self-deprecating humor had me laughing out loud. She holds nothing back in this amazing self tell-all, with sexual and other details few would have the courage to reveal

Sean Wilsey, bestselling author of Oh The Glory Of It All

This is a childhood memoir to rival Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes. 

Pulpwood Queens Girl Friends Weekend!

Kathy L Murphy, founder of Pulpwood Queens, the largest book club in the world selected Peeing On Hot Coals as a top read. I'm also invited to be one of the authors for the exciting Girl Friends week end in Nacogdoches, Texas! Hooray!