“And the Oaks Heard Them All” by Peter Karofsky

December 6, 2016

And the Oaks Heard Them All

A perfect holiday gift for a reader and fan of Special Olympics! And the Oaks Heard Them All by Peter Karofsky is now available on Amazon. A portion of the proceeds goes to benefit Special Olympics Wisconsin.

About the Book

This story is about Brenda Nelson as a twelve-year-old and Brenda Nelson Bjorkman as a forty-three-year-old. It is about bullying, anorexia, friendships, competition, and first love in adolescence. And about mentoring, obesity, forgiving, and parenting in adulthood. With tennis as a metaphor for life, the novel volleys between the summers of 1975 and 2006. It documents the transition from adolescence to adulthood and the effect children have on adults and adults have on children. It exposes flaws in the flawless, weaknesses in the strongest, and it scrutinizes characters of both sexes with varying intellectual and physical abilities. Foremost among the characters is Brenda. Fatherless, living with a somewhat distant mother, she craves attention and affection. Yet as an adult, her compassion for her cognitively disabled daughter is exemplary. Al and Carrie, bright athletic teens, form a close bond and look ahead to their futures. Tom Carrabas, English teacher and tennis coach, uses the Socratic method to enlighten his students and players and is taught by them as well. And Joy, Brenda’s daughter, assimilates into the village of Oakbrook, Wisconsin, establishing herself as a Special Olympian. The book integrates the real histories of 1975 and 2006 with the fictional characters and events of And the Oaks Heard Them All, to give the novel its authenticity.

About the Author

Peter Karofsky is a professor emeritus in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. His forty-three-year practice was in General Pediatrics. He has written scholarly articles and presented professional papers on family interviews, family therapy, sports medicine, and adolescent sexuality. After retiring from his practice in 2003, he and his wife, Kathy, operated a free clinic for teenagers in Middleton, Wisconsin. Currently, the Karofskys split their time playing tennis on the hard courts of Wisconsin and the clay courts of Fort Myers, Florida.

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