Leaving Rollingstone: A Memoir


". . . a  heart-stirring and inspired memoir of growing up on a family farm."   -- Peter Geye, author of The Lighthouse Road

"Excellent and absorbing . . . Leaving Rollingstone commemorates a place, but more importantly, a life.”

Brian Kimberling, author of Snapper

"Kevin Fenton may have left Rollingstone, but no reader of this astonishing memoir will ever leave it behind. . . .  Leaving Rollingstone is the most important memoir to come out of the Midwest (or anywhere) in years, an indispensable work of American autobiography." 

Patricia Hampl, author of The Florist's Daughter   


In 1959, Kevin Fenton was born into a happy family on a small farm in the tight-knit village of Rollingstone, Minnesota. He was born lucky—buoyed by love and energized by rock and roll. Soon, however, the farm was lost; the village school closed, and the family fractured. Thus began a sometimes self-destructive search for new ways to define himself—in friendship, in art, in words. Leaving Rollingstone is about the small town he left behind and the city he chose. And ultimately it’s about the enduring values and surprising vitality of small town Minnesota.