i first crossed paths
with this brave and amazing future author (trish kearney)
years ago on her blog:
“my thoughts on a page”
where she wrote about
her family, her careers, her loves and losses, her daily life in ireland
when i later traveled to ireland
we met in person
(even though her children warned her i might really be a male serial killer)
we spent a great afternoon at an outdoor pub
near the water on a beautiful day
getting to know each other
i had no idea what her whole story was
until she began writing posts about her childhood
floating the idea of writing her memoir
including painful buried trauma she had endured
as a young championship swimmer
over time she gained confidence
decided to tell her story
to find personal peace
to hold her tormentor responsible
to no longer be a victim
to help others who might not be ready to speak.
what followed was
her book, “above water”
a podcast, “where is george gibney?”
and unforeseen consequences
both good and bad.
this is a book of truths
of regaining power over one’s own life
of living to tell the tale
of an unbroken spirit
of helping others.
i give it my highest personal recommendation
here’s to you, tric, and to all who suffer in silence
you are their brave voice for each and every one of them
and i’m so proud to call you my friend.
“you don’t drown by falling in the water; you drown by staying there.”
-Edwin Louis Cole
“above water” is available at:
the book depository (paperback – free worldwide shipping)
amazon u.s. – kindle format (and on june 21 (presale) in paperback) in the u.s.
amazon uk – available now
Not an easy read but an essential one … an important book that celebrates the power of the human spirit―Irish Independent
A completely compelling book … this is ultimately a story of Trish Kearney’s triumph―Irish Times
Trish Kearney’s memoir is proof that the powerless and betrayed can survive and triumph―Sunday Independent
An extraordinary story, at times heart-breaking but ultimately inspiring. Trish’s courage, her determination and her warmth light up those dark secret places―Woman’s Way
A powerful story beautifully told―Irish Examiner
Inspirational―Sunday Business Post
About the Author
Trish Kearney is a writer and mother of five living in Cork, Ireland. Her weekly ‘It’s My Life’ column ran in the Irish Examiner for over two years. She also has a popular blog, ‘My Thoughts on a Page’ and was awarded Best Personal Blog and Best Writer at the Irish Parenting Blog Awards in 2015.
Above Water is her first book.