LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Only a Stone’s Throw by Erin O’Donoghue Thompson
Saturday, December 13th, 2014 || 7pm
Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera ||
You won’t want to mss the big party when we celebrate Erin O’Donoghue Thompson’s book, Only a Stone’s Throw, a deeply moving personal memoir chronicling the lows and highs of parenting her eldest daughter to adulthood after she was mentally disabled as a newborn. It’s an honest tale of love and strength when life deals out surprises with unexpected results.
Erin O’Donoghue Thompson started writing at the age of seventeen. She was the editor of her high school newspaper but put her literary aspirations aside to raise a family. Once her eight children were on their own she did a ten year stint as a travel consultant, taking groups to China, photographic safaris to Africa, and groups of women on shopping tours to Hong Kong.
In 2007 she was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. This was a wake-up call to “do it now” whatever your dream is. Her dream was to write a book about the struggle raising Stephanie, her brain damaged daughter.
Erin was born in San Francisco and raised in Marin County, where she lives with her husband, Jerry Thompson.