Cathrin Bradbury - Photo by Mary Barber
Ian Brown, bestselling author and a feature writer for The Globe and Mail, sits down with Cathrin Bradbury, a Senior News Director at CBC News, to discuss her acclaimed memoir,
The Bright Side: Twelve Months, Three Heartbreaks, and One (Maybe) Miracle.
Cathrin Bradbury's life imploded in the space of a few months. Her beloved parents died, her marriage limped to an end after twenty-five years, her heavily mortgaged house turned against her, and a promising new romance ended in crushing disappointment.
But somewhere in that year, a new path, or three or four, began to open up. As Bradbury navigates the setbacks, her troubled brother makes an astounding recovery to health and sobriety. She is reunited with her closest childhood friend after a long absence, with deeply satisfying results. She and her four siblings feel their way to becoming a new kind of family without their parents. And her adult children emerge into sharper focus, each gloriously and uniquely themselves. Slowly, she discovers that the path is steep, the view obscured, but there's light ahead.
Cathartic, hilarious, and moving, The Bright Side broadens the way we think and talk to each other about the ordinary experiences we all share.
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