Deep Salt Water is a stirring memoir about loss and abortion, expressed through the layering of imagery from the ocean. In detail at once sensual and sophisticated, Apostolides unfurls the emotional experience of a love affair and unwanted pregnancy, the abortion itself, and her reconnection with the man seventeen years later—a rekindling of love which stimulates this gentle attempt to come to terms with the abortion and its consequences. Moving from a place of intense intimacy to an outward focus that engages with the broader world, Deep Salt Water discusses abortion in all its complexity, rejecting polarizing rhetoric in favour of the unfathomable truths that women hold in their bodies.
With 8 full colour plates of mixed media collage by Catherine Mellinger.
“Deep Salt Water is intimate and sensual, tidal and saline – how can a book be tidal and saline? These words make sense within the environment of the book. Apostolides’s language is not of pristine nature but of the anthropocene, our current geologic age of bleached coral and oceans choking on plastics. In light of man-made climate catastrophe, learning this language takes on added urgency.” —Jade Colbert, The Globe and Mail
“There’s nothing like finding a book that is so open and honest, you feel as if you’ve found a window into the author’s psyche. That’s how it feels to read Marianne Apostolide’s latest, Deep Salt Water.” —Lesley LeRoux, Vagabond City
“Dancing the line between poetry and prose, Deep Salt Water is an imaginative expression of all the human body shares with the earth it inhabits. With Deep Salt Water, Apostolides has written a book that doubles as healing salve for the things inside us begging for compassion.” —María Isabel Alvarez, Colorado Review
“…an intoxicating, accretive reading experience, shot through with recognizable truth and a clever use of the splice of precision and interruption to deliver them.” —Anakana Schofield, Toronto Star
“The engagement demanded by Deep Salt Water is more than rewarded with the narrative’s richness, originality, and daring in the connections Apostolides is willing to make, the questions she is bold enough to pose.” —Kerry Clare, Hamilton Review of Books
“Apostolides’ lyrical sentences lull the reader, offering the comfort of placid seas to counteract the deep emotions derived from discussing difficult topics.” —Jenna Gersie, The Goose
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“In the coming year, we’ll need more writers like Apostolides, who are willing to talk about morality without the security of moralism.” —Andre Forget, Candian Notes and Queries
“With Deep Salt Water, Apostolides has written a book that doubles as healing salve for the things inside us begging for compassion.” —Maria Isabel Alvarez, Colorado Review
“By posing the ethical question of whether abortion was the right decision for her, Apostolides takes the reader through a journey of self-affliction, pondering, and absolution.” —Sagha Najafi, Canadian Literature
“RoomMagazine is pleased to feature the captivating and thought-provoking Deep Salt Water, an interdisciplinary collaboration between four artists—author Marianne Apostolides, collage artist Catherine Mellinger, photographer Melanie Gordon, and composer Paul Swoger-Ruston.”
An Excerpt from Deep Salt Water by Marianne Apostolides —The Puritan
Marianne Apostolides is the author of six books, three of which have been translated. She’s also a recipient of the Chalmers Arts Fellowship and a KM Hunter Award. Her previous non-fiction work, Voluptuous Pleasure, was listed among the Top 100 Books of 2012 by The Globe & Mail. Marianne lives in Toronto with her two children. For more about Marianne visit her website: marianne-apostolides.com
Catherine Mellinger is a mixed media and analog collage artist whose works find inspiration in the ideas originated by the feminist artists of the Dada period as well as the early Surrealists, lending to the exploration of dichotomy; real and unreal; beauty and trauma. Mellinger’s works have been published in literary magazines, and she has been commissioned by musicians, writers and private collectors. She lives in Waterloo, Ontario, with her husband and son. To see more of her work, visit her website: cargocollective.com/catherinemellinger
8 March 2017 | Creative Non-Fiction | Memoir/Biography
8×6 inches | 174 pages
PDF ISBN 9781771662802
ePub ISBN 9781771662796
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