Synopses & Reviews
Christine Quinn's improbable journeybegan long before she becameNew York City's second-most-powerfulelected official. The granddaughter of Irishimmigrants—including a grandmother whoescaped the sinking Titanic
when most teenagegirls in steerage perished—Christinelearned early in life that challenges aremeant to be met and overcome, and thatthey are ever present but surmountable.
Christine's seemingly idyllic childhood—a time that was filled with every imaginablelesson from ballet and painting to swimmingand horseback riding—wasn't at allwhat it appeared to be. A cancer diagnosisleft Christine's mother fighting for her lifeand harboring a single wish: to see herbeloved little girl through grade school. Shelived more years than she'd dared hope for,but her decade-long battle with breast cancer,kept largely secret, cast a deep shadowover young Christine's life.
At sixteen, left without a mother, Christinebegan carving her own path. Inspired by herparents' example of service—and drawing onfavorite childhood books about pioneerslike Marie Curie and Frederick Douglass—Christine set her sights on work that wouldhelp make a difference in the world. Yetshe bore secrets of her own that she wouldultimately have to face, coming of age in aworld where both women and gay peoplehad no choice but to fight for their dreams.Over time she met those obstacles, bothpersonal and professional, with more fortitudethan patience.
In a strikingly intimate and forthright memoir,Christine Quinn demonstrates that life'schallenges can provide the fuel that drives usto be our better selves and, in turn, inspires usto reach out to those who need a helping hand.
Christine Quinn, candidate for mayor of New York City, is the first female and first openly LGBT Speaker of the New York City Council. In her memoir, With Patience and Fortitude,
she shares the inspiring story of her life, her career, and the city she loves.
Speaker Quinn talks about growing up in a middle-class, Irish family and describes the people and events that have shaped who she is and the beliefs she has dedicated her life to fight for. After her mother died when Christine was 16 years old, she began carving her own path, setting her sights on work that would make a difference in the world. Yet she would ultimately have to face coming of age in a world where both women and gay people had no choice but to fight for their dreams.
Over time, she met those challenges both personal and professional with patience and with fortitude. Christine Quinns memoir includes original black-and-white photos from her personal archive.
About the Author
Christine C. Quinn is the Speaker of the New York City Council. She was raised in Glen Cove, Long Island. In 2012, Christine married her longtime partner, Kim Catullo, an attorney. They live in New York City's Chelsea neighborhood with their dogs, Justin and Sadie.