Marblehead author shares family’s struggles, controversial past in new memoir

MARBLEHEAD, Mass. — Author Catherine Marenghi announces the nationwide release of her captivating autobiography, “Glad Farm: A Memoir.”

In “Glad Farm,Marenghi reveals how she began her life in poverty and isolation, being raised in a primitive one-room farmhouse with no indoor plumbing. She left home at the age of 17. A decade later, she became a successful journalist with the means to buy her family their first decent house.

But the past would not be put to rest so easily. Marenghi unraveled a web of long-buried family secrets and a terrible betrayal that robbed her family of the home that was rightfully theirs. 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, reinvention and the mythic power of a house to define one’s destiny.

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at, or by visiting or

Marenghi brings to her writing a poet’s sensibility and the clear eyes of a journalist. In addition to her memoir and award-winning poetry, she has also written two nonfiction works. A native of Massachusetts and the granddaughter of Italian immigrants, Marenghi writes with a profound sense of place and a fascination with the power of house, home and family bonds.

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