April 6, 2017 • 4 Comments
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Constance Picou says
March 15, 2018 at 12:41 pm
Just finished the audio book, North of Normal. You’re so talented. I’m smiling! The epilogue has me crying. Wow! Looking forward to reading Nearly Normal. Thank you Cea.
March 15, 2018 at 3:05 pm
Thank you so much Constance! So happy to hear you enjoyed it 🙂
March 4, 2019 at 8:29 am
Hi Cea… I’ve read both of your books, I’m almost finished Nearly Normal. I had to reach out and tell you how much I’ve enjoyed reading your memoirs. I found the first book interesting but it felt to me as though you were leaving a bit out. This comes from someone who’s lived a childhood less than normal as well, with an alcoholic mother that had mental issues. I had many Barrys growing up! But the honesty I found in Nearly Normal was astounding! Though we’re nothing alike, I found so much of me in your story. I was no beauty queen growing up, just an average girl, but had absolutely no self esteem. I discovered at an early age I was gay, which was fine but the choices of partners I went on to make in my life were not mine. Just like you they chose me. I always wondered why I failed so miserably at relationships! I never had therapy, I’m from a generation where therapy wasn’t cool! Your 2nd book brought a lot of light to my own life as an adult. You were strong from the get go, I admire your resilience as a child and as a young adult to know right from wrong in spite of your upbringing. You had the will to survive, to battle your darkness into submission! I succumbed to mine and drowned it in alcohol for the better part of my life. I was a well functioning alcoholic with suitcases full of baggage! Even when I found someone special I loved, I would self implode and cheat and lie because down deep I felt I didn’t deserve that person. I guess we’re more similar than I thought! LOL!… Anyway you see what I mean by the light I saw in your book! I admire you, you’re a beautiful lady inside and out! As we age the demons recess I found, I’ve been sober for almost 10 years now and in a good relationship for 26 years. I wish you more than nearly normal for you! I wish you peace and happiness. Thank you for the light. 🙂
March 4, 2019 at 10:57 am
Hi Ann, thank you so much for this beautiful message! The self-esteem thing is so huge…I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wondered at how different / better my life would have been had I only had some before the age of 40 lol! It’s the thing I wish most and work on most for my children. I’m so happy to hear you’ve battled your demons and won, making your way to a meaningful and peaceful place. All my very best to you! xo Cea
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