Crazy for the Storm: A Memoir Of Survival | TeenreadsHis dad and mom were separated, and each had new partners. When Norman was out with his dad riding a tube of water or skiing down new powder, he escaped his problems and felt serenity. Sometimes he resented the extremes to which his dad subjected him, but in the end, his training by his dad saved his life. It was February 19, and there was storm in the area. The pilot slammed into the side of Ontario Peak, 8, feet high just feet from the top.
Crazy for the Storm by Norman Ollestad: review
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Ollestad was born in and grew up in wild times, right in the midst of California surfing culture at Topanga Beach. His father, also named Norman, was a daredevil athlete. When the boy was 11, the small plane carrying him and his father to a skiing event crashed into the San Gabriel Mountains. The father died. The son was stranded in a blizzard at an altitude above 8, feet.
The three adults on board died, leaving eleven-year old Norman Ollestad, Jr. To attempt to find his way down the mountain in a blizzard.
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It's also as good a dissection of the relationship between a father and a son as I have ever read. Norman Ollestad, the son in this equation, does it grippingly and gorgeously in Crazy for the Storm: A Memoir of Survival. It's a fascinating tale about how a ghost can drive one to succeed - or survive. This is a true story about an 11 year old boy surviving the plane crash that kills his iconoclastic father who was also an FBI man who used to take him surfing when he was 3. This is a clearly a rollicking good tale. I'm considering nominating it for my own list Best Books of the 21st Century.