We are thrilled to celebrate the publication of Poetic License with Gretchen Cherington!
Gretchen Eberhart's father, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Richard Eberhart, was a complex and challenging man. She grew up in a household populated by the most revered poets and writers of the twentieth century: Anne Sexton, Alan Ginsburg, Richard Wilbur, Donald Hall, and Robert Frost among them. At forty, she faced a dilemma: to protect her parents’ well-crafted myths while silencing her own voice, or to challenge those myths and find 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 his 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.
"Poetic License is a beautifully written, even-handed account of a woman's struggle to balance genuine family love, troubling family secrets, and a devastating personal betrayal. Gretchen Cherington's story is shocking and powerful, yet she has the rare gift of entertaining the reader even as she reveals her troubled childhood and comes to understand the complexity of personal experience as it resonates for a lifetime." - Reeve Lindbergh
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. She 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.
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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?