GLAD FARM: A Memoir

There's something about GLAD FARM that strikes a visceral chord in its readers. Although the story is strange, improbable, and unique, it elicits a sense of recognition in the reader, a feeling that says, "I know her. I've felt the same things. I am connected to her story." It has been compared with The Glass Castle, Angela's Ashes, and the writings of Elena Ferrante.
Raised in a primitive one-room farmhouse with no indoor plumbing, the fourth of five children, Catherine Marenghi begins her life in poverty and isolation. She leaves home at the age of seventeen. A decade later, she is a successful journalist with the means to buy her family their first decent house.
 
But the past will not be put to rest so easily. Catherine unravels a web of long-buried family secrets, and a terrible betrayal that robbed her family of the home that was rightfully theirs. And she finally uncovers the story her parents never shared: the gladiolus farm that was once their dream.

At once lyrical and raw, unflinching in its detail, GLAD FARM is an iconic American story of renewal and reinvention, and the mythic power of a house to define our destiny.
 
Because the author believes in the power of a house to change our destiny, half the proceeds from  GLAD FARM will be donated to Habitat for Humanity.

"An inspiring story of a writer and journalist who overcame great handicaps to achieve success. Glad Farm reminds us of the role our habitats play in shaping our lives.”
                                                    President Jimmy Carter
Nobel Laureate
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GLAD FARM - Media Coverage

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"Raised in one-room farmhouse, Milford native finds readers relate to her story"
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"Milford native’s newly launched memoir is inspiring tale of triumph"
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"Creative Voice: A Memoir of Poverty"
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"Marblehead author shares lessons learned from childhood home"
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