Book Launch & Discussion - Mermaid
- Book Launch & Discussion - Mermaid
- February 12, 2014
- 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
- Pleasant Hill - Main University Campus
100 Ellinwood Way
, CA 94523-4817
- Feb 12
A gorgeously crafted memoir about resilience, family, and forging your own way, by a woman born without legs.
At the age of three, Eileen Cronin first realized that only she did not have legs. Her boisterous Catholic family accepted her situation as “God’s will,” treating her no differently than her ten siblings, as she “squiddled” through their 1960s Cincinnati home. The cause of her disability remained taboo, however, even as she looked toward the future and the possibility of her own family.
In later years, as her mother battled mental illness and denied having taken the drug thalidomide—known to cause birth defects—Cronin felt apart from her family. After the death of a close brother, she turned to alcohol. Eventually, however, she found the strength to set out on her own, volunteering at hospitals and earning a PhD in clinical psychology.
Reflecting with humor and grace on her youth, search for love, and quest for answers, Cronin spins a shimmering story of self-discovery and transformation.
About the Author
Eileen Cronin grew up in the Midwest during the 60s and 70s. Her first publication was a cover story for the Washington Post Outlook section. She was awarded the Washington Writing Prize in fiction and had a notable essay in Best American Essays. She has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Howard University and a Masters degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Boston University. In 2001, she was an APA health policy fellow to the US Department of Health and Human Services. She currently practices psychology in Los Angeles, and her debut memoir, MERMAID: A Memoir of Resilience, is recently released from W.W. Norton.