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Chasing Eden A Memoir by Cherilyn Christen Clough
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it was amazing
Recommended for: everyone!
Read 2 times. Last read June 24, 2019 to July 18, 2019.

This memoir is captivating, gripping your attention from beginning to end. I had a hard time putting it down for any reason. The author's style and skill draw you into each passage creating the impression of being present in each moment with her, possibly reliving aspects of your own childhood. Her parents' quest to find the desired spot to raise their family free from what they perceived as negative influences conflicted with financial resources and job stability, often drawing them away from loved ones and lasting relationships with friends. While the children of the family longed to live a 'normal life' including opportunities for education, friends, and a permanent home, they were tugged along on a saga of sudden moves and upheavals into seclusion, submission, and suppression. The author has a remarkable way of presenting the pros and cons of her childhood, maintaining a loving attitude and desire to understand her parents, presenting glimpses into joyful moments experienced, while honestly disclosing the painful realities of many other moments.

After one sudden move, she finds herself with her mother and siblings at an abandoned saw mill. While waiting for a solution to their homelessness, the creative mother has her progeny pretend they are at summer camp, moving through tent inspections to wilderness exploration with abandon, until the days of summer camp lengthen and the fear of the Persuader returns. Family get-togethers filled with fun and laughter, grandparents' connecting, coping mechanisms employed, and sudden loss all intermingle. The author’s family were believers in God, but a God difficult to understand, a quandary to a child who was told she must love this God who must be obeyed out of fear of reprisal, or One who would ask your family to lie to save face, a seemingly selfish God requiring unquestioning selflessness. As the years pass from childhood to coming of age, seeking independence of thought and longing for friends and an education increases just as surely as the months fly by. What will change or will anything ever change? Spellbound, you cheer on the teenager's growth, eagerly watching the ending unfold. I very much look forward to the sequel and sharing 'Chasing Eden' with friends and family!
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June 24, 2019 – Started Reading
July 18, 2019 – Finished Reading
July 22, 2019 – Shelved

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