An Oprah recommended read, author Eileen Cronin will be on campus to read from and discuss her latest book, Mermaid: A Memoir of Resilience.
When she was three years old, Eileen Cronin’s world was turned upside down. Her parents had taken the family on a vacation that summer, piling all the kids in the car except for Eileen. Left home with her aunt and cousins, Eileen felt abandoned and singled out. For the first time in her life she not only felt different, but she also realized the truth—she was, indeed, different from every other person around her. Eileen did not have legs; hers ended at the knee, one above the knee on one side and one below it on the other; also, her fingers on her left hand had been webbed until a plastic surgeon reshaped them.
In Mermaid: A Memoir of Resilience Eileen tells a story that is both traumatic and wildly funny about her journey of self-discovery. With an unbreakable spirit, she battles the universal themes of love, betrayal, and loss, and learns to cull the truth and beauty from those experiences to forge onward.