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Michele Weldon

Michele Weldon is the author of Escape Points. She is the director of programming at Illinois Humanities, an assistant professor emerita at Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, and a senior leader with The OpEd Project. She has been a journalist for more than 35 years, and her work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, CNN, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, and others. She is also the author of Everyman News, which won the National Federation of Press Women's Best Nonfiction Book Award; I Closed My Eyes: Revelations of a Battered Woman, which was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2002; and Writing to Save Your Life. She lives in the Chicago area.
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Escape Points
Escape Points (4 Formats) ›
By Michele Weldon
Cloth Price 26.95

Cloth, PDF, EPUB, Mobipocket

Published Sep 2015

“I don’t know how Michele Weldon made wrestling, breast cancer, and single parenting tie together so naturally, so beautifully, but in fact each is a perfect metaphor for this book’s message of soulful triumph.”   —Elizabeth Berg, New York Times–bestselling author, The Dream Lover
Deftly lacing heartbreak with humor and insight, Michele Weldon provides a potent antidote to the crazy, harried, single mom stereotype in Escape Points. Untethered from a comfortable, upper-middle-class life with a handsome but abusive attorney husband, Weldon relates the challenges and triumphs of the years that followed as she raised three growing sons alone in the face of cancer, an ambitious career, and the shadow of her ex. As she maneuvers through a complicated life of long daily commutes, radiation treatments, supporting three boys’ all-consuming high school wrestling careers, and trying to mitigate their hurt and resentment at an absent father, Weldon shows that single mothers, and their children, can succeed when others—neighbors, family, teachers, and in this case one incredible wrestling coach—step in to fill the void and the remaining parent stays the course with common sense and dutiful love.