January 25, 2021

New book released by Winterset native

“Cherry Tree Dares: Essays on Childhood” written by Ilene Whitworth Devlin describes her growing up in and around Winterset, Iowa, during the 1950s and 1960s.

To understand life as an adults, it often helps to reflect on important childhood events.

“People from my small towns had distinct characteristics. They were open, nosy, friendly, helpful, and encouraged community conformity. My heart will always rejoice in my childhood experiences, which included trying to keep my active imagination entertained and learning to understand adults. My journey included happiness and sorrow, the spectrum of emotions that many children encounter. Come explore life’s mysteries through my ‘Cherry Tree Dares’, my black eye from ‘The Chartreuse Monarch’ bicycle and ‘The Last Kiss’ between my mother and me,” said Devlin.

This book may be purchased through Amazon, Apple Books, and elsewhere.

About the Author

Ilene W. Devlin was born in Winterset, Iowa. Attending the University of Iowa, Devlin obtained a BA in anthropology and an MA in archaeology and museum training. She later worked in museums in Nebraska, Tennessee, and Alabama. Since 1986, Ilene Devlin has lived in San Antonio, Texas. She has been a desktop publisher and a magazine owner/editor. Her freelance articles and essays have been published in newspapers in San Antonio and Iowa. She can be contacted at www.IleneWDevlin.com and on Facebook and LinkedIn.

ISBN: 978-1-7357340-1-9, $8.95 print, 153 pages, trade paperback, 5 x 8 inches; 978-1-7357340-0-2, $2.95 ebook

AVAILABLE: Bookstores • Amazon • Apple Books • Smashwords • Powells • Kobo

SUBJECT: Nonfiction/Family Relations/1950s & 1960s Nostalgia/Small Towns/Growing Up