Poetic License

She Writes. Aug. 2020. 256p. ISBN 9781631527111. pap. $16.95. MEMOIR
Cherington’s father, Richard Eberhart, was a celebrated poet; frequent visitors to the Eberhart household included Anne Sexton, Alan Ginsburg, Richard Wilbur, and Donald Hall. Cherington’s memoir of growing up in this electrifying literary world is a darker tale than first appears: when the author was 17, her famous father sexually abused her. Cherington describes her father’s contrasting identities clearly: the highly successful father and family man versus the abuser. Much of the book is dedicated to telling the story of the rise and fall of the businesses run by entrepreneurial grandparents and her father’s amazing rise in the literary world. Cherington succeeds in telling the story of her family in her own way, concerned with finding the way to live her life happily and without the anger that she often feels.
VERDICT This moving, well-written book is recommended to readers who enjoy dark family memoirs.

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