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Minnesota author writes novel about elite junior hockey

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The novel is about former Olympic hopefuls, now mothers, passing on their love and passion for hockey, along with their own baggage, to the next generation.

MINNEAPOLIS — In the land of 10,000 lakes, hockey reigns supreme, and a local author describes the competitiveness of elite junior hockey and the misconduct and abuse in athletics.

To discuss her upcoming novel, “Home or Away,” Kathleen West joined KARE 11 on Saturday and spoke about her experiences and insights she learned from members of the United States Women’s National Hockey Team.

West drew on her background as a Minnesota high school English teacher and hockey mom and collegiate athlete. She has also interviewed members of the United States Women’s National Hockey Team as well as players and coaches about skills, positions, game scenarios and philosophy.

Her novel, as she explained during KARE 11 on Saturday, is about former Olympic hopefuls, now mothers, passing on their love and passion for hockey, as well as their own baggage, to their children.

“Home or Away” comes out March 29, and there will be an in-person book launch event at 6:30 p.m. on March 29 at ModernWell. Tickets are $10. Pre-orders for the book can be made through Magers & Quinn, which is an event partner. Pre-orders include a personalized signed copy.

“Told with the wit and compassion of Kathleen West, ‘Home or Away’ is a story about overcoming our past, confronting our future, and the enduring bonds of female friendship,” read the description. of the book.

West is a lifelong Minnesotan, earned a degree in English from Macalester College, and currently lives in Minneapolis with her family.

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