for the Storm Norman Ollestad
New York Times Bestseller
One of Amazon's Ten Best Books of 2009
Starbucks Featured Summer Selection
Optioned by Warner Brothers for Film
“Breathtaking...A portrait of a father’s consuming love for his son, Crazy for the Storm will keep you up late into the night.”
—Washington Post Book World
“Tragic and exotic ... adrenaline-fueled excitement.” —The New York Times
“Riveting.” —Entertainment Weekly
"On February 19, 1979, I was in a plane crash with
my father, his girlfriend Sandra, and the pilot of our
chartered Cessna. Sandra was 30 years old. My dad was
43. I was 11. Just after sunrise, we slammed into a rugged
8,600-foot mountain engulfed in a blizzard. By the end
of our nine-hour ordeal, I was the only survivor."
"This is a heart-stopping story beautifully told,
an eleven-year-old boy’s story that deals with profound
and challenging moral and philosophical issues. When does
the quest for ecstasy become a danger-junkie’s kick? How
does a good boy become a good man? How do you raise a
child in a busted-up family? Norman Ollestad has written
a book that may well be read for generations. It’s a book
that fathers should give to their sons, but sons should
give it to their fathers, too. And mothers, wives, sisters,
and daughters—read it and weep for all the boys and men
you have ever loved."
"Crazy for the Storm is an absolutely compelling
book which I read in one long sitting. The fact that it’s
true made me shudder, but then Norman Ollestad is a fine
writer and every detail is convincing."
"As much a thriller as a memoir. . . . Gorgeously
written, perfectly controlled."
"Crazy for the Storm truly is extraordinary—an adventure
story with a rich psychological foundation from an enormously
talented author. Ollestad’s portraits are beautifully
contradictory and complex—brutal, brave, and human—and
the book is filled with wonderful dramatic moments. Crazy
for the Storm is a powerful book. It deserves to be a
Norman Ollestad studied creative writing at UCLA and
attended UCLA Film School. He grew up on Topanga Beach
in Malibu and now lives in Venice, California.