With Patience and Fortitude: A Memoir

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Christine Quinn

Narrated By: Christina Delaine

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Date: June 2013

Duration: 6 hours 0 minutes


Christine Quinn's improbable journey
began long before she became
New York City's second-most-powerful
elected official. The granddaughter of Irish
immigrants including a grandmother who
escaped the sinking Titanic when most teenage
girls in steerage perished Christine
learned early in life that challenges are
meant to be met and overcome, and that
they are ever present but surmountable.

Christine's seemingly idyllic childhood
a time that was filled with every imaginable
lesson from ballet and painting to swimming
and horseback riding wasn't at all
what it appeared to be. A cancer diagnosis
left Christine's mother fighting for her life
and harboring a single wish: to see her
beloved little girl through grade school. She
lived more years than she'd dared hope for,
but her decade-long battle with breast cancer,
kept largely secret, cast a deep shadow
over young Christine's life.

At sixteen, left without a mother, Christine
began carving her own path. Inspired by her
parents' example of service and drawing on
favorite childhood books about pioneers
like Marie Curie and Frederick Douglass
Christine set her sights on work that would
help make a difference in the world. Yet
she bore secrets of her own that 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 obstacles, both
personal and professional, with more fortitude
than patience.

In a strikingly intimate and forthright memoir,
Christine Quinn demonstrates that life's
challenges can provide the fuel that drives us
to be our better selves and, in turn, inspires us
to reach out to those who need a helping hand.