In A STRONG WEST WIND, author Gail Caldwell divides her life into
parts: the first thirty years spent in Texas, and what came after
that, her post-Texas life. She continually interweaves the lives of
her parents --- who came of age during a world war --- with hers,
which was shaped by the turbulent '60s.
Gail was born in the Bible Belt of the Texas Panhandle in 1951.
Stricken with polio shortly before the discovery of the Salk
vaccine, learning to stand up, then remain upright and eventually
walk was a real struggle for this tenacious young girl. Her sister
Pam, older by two years, taught Gail to read at age fou