Chasing Eden A Memoir
All she wants is her parents' love and a chance to go to school.
Her parents believe God wants them to stay isolated from the world.
It seems their goals are at odds with each other.
As Cherilyn's family moves from town to town, running from bill collectors and becoming more isolated, their housing situation keeps deteriorating until they end up homeless.
When her mother
I could also feel the love and warmth from her grandparents. They truly loved the kids despite her father thinking they were the worldly people. The grandparents were loving and kind. They took them in each time shelter was needed - no questions asked. Those times gave some normalcy to her her life,which she h ...more
Unlike Clough, I did no ...more
Cherilyn Clough’s "Chasing Eden", a coming of age memoir is the first I have read where the ...more
From the very beginning, the author captures perfectly the voice of the young child and draws you into her life. As the story progresses, you can sense a developing strength of character as that voice matures. Much of this strength comes from what Cherilynn calls her “superpowers” and they will serve her well as she attempts to find her way out of what c ...more
A story of how young girl navigates her way out of a chaotic childhood, to her freedom to be a strong woman. The story hooks you. I hope a sequel comes out soon. I really want to see where her life takes her...
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This was so good! It’s such a little hidden gem in the book world but I loved it!
I’ve never really read many memoirs before but this read just like a story, I had to keep reminding myself that someone actually went through all that!
It’s told so well & you can just really empathise with the main character - all the injustic ...more
I am familiar with parts of Cherilyn Christen Clough's story, because I am a member of an equality in religion Facebook page she helps run. I jumped at the chance to hear her story, and it is remarkable, both for the horrors she survived and for the determination she found in leaving her spiritually and emotionally abusive home.
Clough's life story is not unfamiliar to fans of The Glass Castle, Educated, or ...more
Cherilyn's father didn't have a regular job. He had schemes. They didn't usually payoff and her family was poor. Sometimes they had to move in a hurry to stay ahead of the bill collectors (or play "frozen statues" when one knocked on the door). This, combined with her father's religious ideas, meant that her dad kept moving the family, more and more off the grid. They had to be ready for the time of troubles. ...more
Written in such a way that the reader can feel each scene as if you were right there experiencing it with the writer. My heart ached as Cherie seeks her parents love and is denied it time and time again unless she holds to their standard. She is held b ...more
I have always known that I had an awesome childhood but after reading Chasing Eden a Memoir I appreciate my parents and childhood even more. It is an eye opener when reading this book what we all take for granted and how resilient children can be but at what cost.
I think this is a great book for anyone to read both privileged and people with not so great back grounds.
This memoir about a young girl growing up in a fundamentalist family is hard to put down. The resilience of Cherilyn and her siblings is amazing. You can't help but cheer her on in her quest for live like "normal" families and eventually find her freedom.
Cherie walks us through her childhood, and we ...more
She helps to keep Oregon weird by making ...more