At age forty, with two growing children and a new consulting company she’d recently founded, Gretchen Cherington, daughter of Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Richard Eberhart, faced a dilemma: Should she protect her parents’ well-crafted family myths while continuing to silence her own voice? Or was it time to challenge those myths and speak her truth—even the unbearable truth that her generous and kind father had sexually violated her?
In this powerful memoir, aided by her father’s extensive archives at Dartmouth College and interviews with some of her father’s best friends, Cherington candidly and courageously retraces her past to make sense of her father and herself. From the women’s movement of the ’60s and the back-to-the-land movement of the ’70s to Cherington’s consulting work through three decades with powerful executives to her eventual decision to speak publicly in the formative months of #MeToo, Poetic License is one woman’s story of speaking truth in a world where, too often, men still call the shots.
Gretchen, as a little child, watches her father struggle with his career. As his career developed and he began winning awards and selling more books, he became more absent. More trips, lectures and less time at home as she was growing up, made a profound impact on her life. Then…several events compounded her relationship with her father.
I enjoy memoirs and this one is a favorite. I will be honest. I had never heard of Richard Eberhart (GASP!). Well, I might have studied him in college…but I swear I don’t remember. So, this story had me researching and studying his poems. I love learning new things and this one had me on the hunt, even if Eberhart is an unlikable human being. You must read this story to find out why!
Need a unique memoir…this one is it! It is powerful and very well written. It will have you reading well into the night.
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I received a copy from the publisher for a honest review.