Debuting on World AIDS Day, Molly Krause’s memoir Float On explores her complex early life shared with two sisters—the oldest biological, the other an adopted African-American baby. A mother left to raise the three young girls when the father revealed he was gay and moved across the country. Struggles in the family with mental illness and substance abuse. And despite separation through divorce, a coming together of the family to help the father during his illness and death from HIV/AIDS.
Joyce Becker appears to have moved on after the unexpected, mysterious death of her husband Andy a year ago. With her sister Maggie, she continues to run the restaurant she and Andy opened decades earlier. But keeping the secret of the details of his death is taking a toll on her relationships with her daughter Cassie and Maggie. When Cassie announces her engagement to her boyfriend Jacob, a series of unforeseen events unfold. The unlikely intersections of the two families threaten Cassie's engagement plans. But the bonds of family prevail as they grapple with secrets, forgiveness, and what it means for a person to move on with their life.
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“In her memoir Float On, Molly Krause gives us a kaleidoscopic view of family life: the episodic atmosphere of childhood, adolescence’s exquisite and excruciating transformations, and the very real joys and tragedies that turn us into fully-rendered adults. She writes with clarity and dignity as her father comes out to the family as gay, as her mother drinks and gives up drinking, as Molly herself comes of age, falls in love, and struggles with her sisters and their parents to keep their family intact, even after they lose their father. From Topeka, Kansas to New York City, from dance rehearsals to family therapy sessions, Krause guides readers the way good memoirists must, by rendering with nuance and complexity a story full of the kinds of love and truth that matter for us all.”Rachel DeWoskin, author of Bling, Big Girl Small, Repeat After Me, and Foreign Babes in Bejing.
“By the time she was 25, Molly Krause had seen several lifetimes’ worth of trauma in her immediate family: divorce, suicide attempts, alcoholism, crack addiction, AIDS, and untimely death. She endured loss after loss without ever losing herself, and the qualities that carried her through—equanimity, intelligence, honesty, and a sly sense of humor—are the same ones that distinguish her prose in this deeply moving memoir.” Eric McHenry, 2015-2017 Kansas Poet Laureate, associate professor of English, Washburn University.
“At thirteen, Molly Krause spent a summer at the Dance Theater of Harlem, the only white girl in her classes. One teacher called her the ‘blue-eyed girl from the capital of Kansas.’ But nobody is a cliché, especially a person who has spent years coming to an understanding of family matters and how family matters. The matters: divorce, a gay father HIV positive who dies of AIDS, a sister's suicide attempts, a family struggling with drugs and alcohol. What matters: the honest, direct, sympathetic account the reader finds in Float On, of lives spent yearning and learning to be whole.”Thomas Fox Averill, Professor Emeritus, Washburn University, author of rode, A Carol Dickens Christmas, and Found Documents from the Life of Nell Johnson Doerr
Molly Krause was born and raised in Kansas, graduating from The University of Kansas with a degree in Social Welfare. Her essays have appeared in Ragazine, Manifest-Station, and Brain, Child. She lives in Lawrence, Kansas with her husband and two daughters. When not hunched over a laptop writing, walking with Robert and her two border collies Lucy and Desi, or chasing down her teenage daughters, attending adult ballet class is the highlight of her week.