In Coastal Lives, essayist Marjorie Simmins shares her own love story through a bundle of essays arranged in no evident chronology, connected more by the memories and moments that shaped her present day life rather than a lineal unfolding. The result is a multidimensional examination of her life leading to her marriage to fellow writer Silver Donald Cameron.
The memoir frankly recreates the coast-to-coast tension between Cameron’s life rooted in his love for Cape Breton Island, and Simmins’ matching love for Canada’s west coast and her Vancouver home.
Through Simmins’ collage of essays, the core story itself draws the author towards the risk of honesty, a leap of faith and an ultimate trust in the promise of love waiting on the far side of the continent.
Coastal Lives is a professional and honest telling of something rare in many memoirs, a happy ending.
by Marjorie Simmins
$19.95, paperback, 192 pp.
Pottersfield Press, April 2014