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Gretchen's First Memoir

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2020 FOREWORD INDIES Book of the Year Awards Finalist

The daughter of Pulitzer Prize–winning poet, Richard Eberhart, confronts her family’s myths and her beloved father’s betrayals while finding her voice and establishing a legacy as a trusted consultant to executives.

“Cherington’s memoir presents a persuasive account of her effort to reckon with her past.

A contemplative memoir that talks about abuse and its aftermath.” 

—Kirkus Reviews

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About Gretchen

Gretchen Cherington has long observed the ways in which powerful men influence our world. Her first learnings came from her  father, Pulitzer Prize–winning poet and U.S. Poet Laureate, Richard Eberhart, and his eclectic and influential writer friends, from Robert Frost to Allen Ginsberg to James Dickey. As an advisor to hundreds of CEOs and top executives through her consulting career, Cherington partnered with them as they transformed their companies into places where both business and people could thrive. An active leader in her community, she has served on twenty non-profit and corporate boards. As a writer, she uses complex family stories to illuminate the ways in which we all must reckon with complicated legacies and the mythology of powerful men. Her first memoir, Poetic License, won multiple awards. Her essays have  appeared in Crack the Spine, Bloodroot Literary Magazine, Women Writers/Women’s Books, MS. Girl, Yankee and more. In 2012, “Maine Roustabout” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Gretchen and her husband split their time between Portland Maine and a saltwater cottage on Penobscot Bay. She finds herself renewed in wild places out of doors.

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