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Mermaid by Eileen Cronin

Mermaid

by Eileen Cronin

Giveaway ends November 23, 2014.

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Check out Eileen’s HuffPost Author’s Page

Book mark this page for future blog posts by Eileen Cronin.

LA Review of Books interview with Eileen

Michele Botwin Raphael’s review and interview with Eileen Cronin – a mother’s day tribute.

Featured Interview: Cincinnati Kid: Eileen Cronin

Read Alyssa Brandt’s interview with Eileen in the May issue of Cincinnati Magazine. Eileen “knows from different”!

Oprah’s List of Memoirs Too Powerful to Put Down

Mermaid made another list of Oprah’s and this time it is included in a list described as “real stories, real women, real lessons that will shake you up and set you back down—changed for the better (and stronger).”

Mermaid featured on The Daily Beast

Now you can check out Mermaid on The Daily Beast and even read the first chapter here!

If You Like Mermaid…

Please consider a vote for Mermaid on these  GoodReads Lists so others who have not discovered it yet can stumble upon it and enjoy it just as much as you did.

Eileen Cronin’s Interview with Harvard Square Editions

Read Eileen Cronin’s interview with Mary Yuhas of Harvard Square Editions here to see what Eileen has to say about growing up different and her advice to fellow writers.

The Antioch Writer’s Conference

Eileen Cronin will be holding a workshop at the Antioch Writer’s Conference from July 12- July 18. Please submit applications to Antioch University in Yellow Springs, OH.

Download The Bob Edwards Show Interview with Eileen

Bob Edwards interviewed Eileen on Tuesday, February 25th. If you missed it, you can download the interview here.

Oprah Magazine’s 14 Titles to Pick Up

O Magazine online edition named Mermaid as one of its 14 Titles to Pick Up This February. Click here to see to see the recommendation.

Watch the Mermaid Book Trailer

Watch the Mermaid book trailer of Eileen Cronin reading an excerpt at Vroman’s in Pasadena, California.

Forgiveness and Healing

Eileen’s story in the pages of Everyday Health. A moving tribute to her mother. Forgiveness and Healing: My Thalidomide Story.

Praise for Mermaid

Washington Post recognizes Cronin’s “strength, tenacity and wry humor” in Mermaid.

Boston Globe calls Mermaid a “gritty, gorgeous coming of age story.

Poets & Writers: Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin.

Kirkus Reviews: “Perhaps the greatest achievement with this book, which brings to light one of the great medical tragedies of the 20th century, is that she is able to tell her story with a winning combination of candor, grace and humor.” (Review Posted Online: Dec. 8th, 2013)

Booklist (Boxed and Starred): “In her hard-to-put-down, brutally honest memoir, Cronin writes about growing up, as one of 11 children, without having legs, and trying to get her chain-smoking mom, who gets shock treatments and takes lithium for her ‘nervous breakdowns,’ to tell her whether she took thalidomide during her 1960 pregnancy…As a child, she tells people she longs to be a ballerina. But when she sees her grandmother’s ‘face go slack’ at this pronouncement, she adds, ‘Or a missionary nun in Africa.’ Readers will want to cheer at the happy ending to this must-read for all memoir fans and everyone involved or interested in the lives of the disabled.” Karen Springen, Booklist Online

Library Journal: “Cronin has managed to create a cogent account of coming to terms with her condition (and with the condition of her family). Her determination to create a life without secrecy and full of experience is evident in this matter-of-fact portrait of a family that did not always pay attention to the facts.” Therese Nielsen

“Mermaid reminds us how the stories we tell and the ones we bury have the capacity to imprison or free us.” John Hockenberry

“Written with an unvarnished pen, Mermaid spares no one, yet is fair, funny, and moving.” Rita Mae Brown

“Brave, wry, and spirited. Eileen Cronin delves fearlessly into the emotional thicket of family lore, tribal dynamics, body image, and coming-of-age.” Danielle Ofri

Mermaid: A Memoir of Resilience


5 thoughts on “Home

  1. Thank you, Eileen, for your literary gift. You have reminded me of the completeness one can feel through unabashed honesty, tenderness and respect. Writing and sharing your memoir is a brave and generous act that will continue to resonate in my professional, personal and creative life.

    It was a joy meeting you at the L.A. Times Book Festival several weeks ago. I look forward to attending one of your events in the future.

    The best to you always,
    Greg Potter

  2. While I am fully empathetic to Eileen and the many other thalidomide babies throughout the world as well as appalled by the callousness of the various chemical companies and distillers who sold it and marketed it and covered up or ignored all reports of problems correlated and/or attributable to its use, I also feel it IMPORTANT to state unequivocally that the FDA NEVER APPROVED thalidomide for sale in this country and was never sold here.

    A woman doctor working for the FDA did the right critical evaluation and refused to approve it. Thus, thalidomide was NEVER LICENSED for use in the USA. Some American women obtained it and used it through OTHER CHANNELS. Therefore and fortunately, the frequency of thalidomide babies in the US was lower than in England, Germany, Australia, etc. “Suffer the Children” has described this sad saga in good journalistic detail.

    I feel is essential to emphasize that the right decision can be made when based on science rather than profits. I believe those who suffer and the children they once were should raise their voices to emphasize that science could have prevented (and did in the USA) widespread use of this drug when profits were not the decisive factor, as in the review by the FDA.

    • Thank you, JKL, but out of respect for me and others like me, I would ask you to rethink the phrase “thalidomide babies.” It may have been the catch-all phrase in its day but it is dehumanizing.

      Also, thalidomide was given out recklessly in “clinical trials” in the US, so it is impossible to say how many people took the drug here in the US. One doctor put it in his mailbox in unmarked envelopes for women to pick up after hours. This is all documented in the book SUFFER THE CHILDREN. If you work for the FDA or a drug company, maybe you feel this article is upsetting. Imagine how upsetting it was and still is to those people injured. Surely, you can allow us a moment to air our versions of this story. We have waited 50 years …

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