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Poetic License





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.

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“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

Poetic License is now available wherever books are sold!

Gretchen Eberhart Cherington's essays have been published in Crack The Spine, Bloodroot Literary Magazine, and Yankee Magazine, among others, and her essay “Maine Roustabout” was nominated for a 2012 Pushcart Prize. Cherington is a leader in her community, having served on twenty non-profit and corporate boards. Passionate about the outdoors, she most enjoys spending time with family and friends in wild places around the world. 

What readers are saying about Poetic License
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"Heartbreaking yet triumphant, Gretchen Cherington's Poetic License is as familiar as an old flannel blanket on a cool New England day as it is a jarring memoir of betrayal from one she loved most. Can't recommend highly enough."

--Ahsley E. Sweeney, award winning author of Answer Creek and Eliza Waite

"Gretchen Cherington confronts brutal truths about love, family and betrayal in this lyrical, moving and ultimately uplifting memoir."

--Meg Lukens Noonan, author of

The Coat Route

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