Autumn Greene returns to her hometown after a six-year absence and turns up, uninvited, to her sister Christine’s wedding, the daughter she conceived with her sister’s ex-fiancé in tow. Once burned, twice angry, Christine does all she can to make Autumn unwelcome, assuming another wedding disaster. A harbinger of truth, Autumn reveals all of Christine’s secrets and brings about a near-nuclear explosion of emotion and confusion among the family and wedding party.
Autumn is a young woman who has transformed from a love-poem writing teenager with a crush on her high-school English teacher, to a world-weary, single working mom. Returning to her hometown brings her face-to-face withher highschool crush, forcing her to open doors to new life possibilities.
Autumn, One Spring is a fascinating glimpse of small town life with all its pathos and humour. Grayson has the astounding ability to portray a lively array of characters with a deft and delicate hand. Her voice is compelling and confident; a delightful read.
Linda Holeman, author of The Saffron Gate
Patti Grayson'’s debut novel captures both the heart and quirkiness of small town life in Canada. With a strong voice, Grayson’s entertaining tale engages with its depiction of how equally infuriating and loyal family can be.
Daria Salamon, author of The Prairie Bridesmaid
Grayson is a master at keeping three balls in the air at once, juggling her characters as they bounce off each other, time and again. And can she write!
Andrew Armitage, Owen Sound Sun Times
One hopes this ends up as a television series. With white and aboriginal extended families mixing, unlimited God's country settings, an officious cop, dangerous wild animals, fed-up city transplants, town gossips, weather emergencies and odd romantic pairings, it fits a formula we've known and loved before.
Maureen Scurfield, Winnipeg Free Press
Patti Grayson provides a rollicking good time in this novel of one small town where everybody knows too much about everybody else, and where misunderstandings and good intentions combine to mess things up.
Quentin Mills-Fenn, On the Bookshelf, Style Manitoba
Grayson offers a "warm and genuine main character, (an) authentic portrayal of family triumphs and tensions, (and a) deftly envisionedsetting" in Autumn, One Spring.
Leezann Freed-Lobchuk, Prairie Fire Review of Books
Autumn, One Spring is a funny, entertaining and sincere study of relationships. You will enjoy it!
Cendrine Marrouat, examiner.com
Runner-up for the 2012 Manitoba Reads
Short-listed for the 2011 Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction
Short listed for the 2011 Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher
Turnstone Press acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council, the Government of Canada, and the Province of Manitoba through Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage.