Erin Chandler - Author
Cinderella Sweeping Up
“Chandler examines both her own life and what it means to be alive. Each of these tiny essays is rich with wisdom, humor and compelling ideas, glittering with extraordinary people and experiences."
Katrina Denza, Weymouth Center for Arts and Humanities
Acclaim for June Bug Versus Hurricane
"In private the Chandler family was wildly complicated, boisterous, and always in motion. In public, they appeared to be a charmed political family. This is their amazing story through the eyes of Erin Chandler, whose shining love for her complex, frustrating, and wonderful kin shines through on every page.
Compulsively readable, populated by a vivid cast of characters, and deeply moving, this is a big, raucous, hilarious, sad, and searingly honest look at a dynastic, storied family from the pen of a confident and thoughtful writer that takes us all over the American landscape of the last fifty years but always brings us back to its epicenter, the author’s beloved rolling hills and pastures of her old Kentucky home.
June Bug Versus Hurricane is about family, addiction, tightly sealed society, the power and pain of art, and most of all this aching memoir is about unconditional love, particularly between a brother and sister."
SILAS HOUSE, NEW YORK TIME'S Best Selling Author of Clay's Quilt
June Bug Versus Hurricane
“Through the growing and nurturing years there is no influence as important as the coaching a youngster receives. Those he selects as his heroes mold his character and create the fiber of the individual”. So preached Dan Chandler the son of Happy Chandler, beloved two-time Kentucky governor and baseball commissioner, and the wildly eccentric father of Erin and Chan. Dan uprooted his kids from their southern aristocratic roots and the political world of the Governors mansion and deposited them into the gaudy yet glamorous life of 1970’s Las Vegas, where debauchery and brutishness was respected and everyone practiced the Golden Rule…. “The guy with the gold makes the rule.” After years of living a roller coaster life on his coattails, becoming adults proved to be their biggest challenge. Chan took the cowboy approach to life, on the road from one end of the country to the other, packing guns, breaking hearts and staying one step ahead of the law… usually. Erin followed the Vegas showgirls of her youth and found Hollywood. The brother and sister struggle to create balance. Author and playwright, Erin Chandler is candid in the telling of her life long difficulties with her loving, although overwhelming, alcoholic father, her heartbreaking challenges with her charming but dangerously self destructive brother, and her own relentless demons. Dark yet uplifting, filled with humor and insight, June Bug Versus Hurricane will leave audiences as haunted as its characters
Acclaim for Cinderella Sweeping Up
“In 1969, when I was fourteen years old, I DEVOURED "Slouching Towards Bethlehem," Joan Didion's epic collection of essays about California. This cemented my love for the essay. Erin Chandler's collection of essays are delicious. Easily read, easily understood but thought provoking and just so damn entertaining. Takes Southern storytelling to an art form. I highly recommend Cinderella Sweeping Up!”