East End Books Ptown presents: "Tidal Flats" - Cynthia Newberry Martin in conversation with Cheryl Clark Vermeulen "They Can Take It Out" 7/14 (Thursday) @6pm. We're happy to welcome Cynthia back for the launch of the paperback edition of this hit book!
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Cheryl Clark Vermeulen, author of the chapbooks Dead Eye Spring and This Paper Lantern, received an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her poems, translations, or poetry reviews have appeared in Caketrain, Drunken Boat, Jubilat, Tarpaulin Sky, and Third Coast, among others, and the anthology Connecting Lines: New Poetry from Mexico. She edits poetry for Pangyrus literary magazine and teaches at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, where she founded the Creative Writing Minor.
2020 IPPY Award Winner for Literary Fiction
2020 NIEA Winner for General Fiction and Best Cover
In this elegant and honest novel, Cass and Ethan must navigate fine lines between the things they want individually and the life they want together, and it appears each will have to compromise...
Mary Cassatt Miller falls for famous photojournalist Ethan Graham. For months at a time, Ethan's work takes him to Afghanistan, and Cass, whose passion is her job in Atlanta, wants a husband who comes home at night. Then, there's the conflict around growing their family―he wants one; she doesn't. Will this divide lead to marriage or divorce for these lovers? Can they keep the romance alive without losing their sense of self?
Nine weeks before their third anniversary, Cass wonders whether Ethan will try to squeeze in one final trip to Afghanistan. When he does, she's unsure if he will ever give up the work he loves. And if he won't, well, she will not repeat the life her parents had. As the clock counts down, it doesn't help that Singer, the artist-bartender, is always in Atlanta, and the enthralling Setara, the subject of Ethan's most famous photograph, is also his business partner. Along with the temptation of new lovers, danger in Afghanistan changes everything.
Inside Tidal Flats, you'll find:
"Cynthia Newberry Martin is a tremendous writer, with a Woolfian talent for taking the full measure of small moments. Her work is both subtle and revelatory, and I've been waiting a long time for this book."
-- Rebecca Makkai author of The Great Believers and Music for Wartime.
"Exquisite! A gorgeously observed account of one woman's life, lived in our era of global reach, of international obligations, of domestic worries and domestic triumphs too. Cynthia Newberry Martin has found the perfect story through which to share her rare wisdom. Brava!"
-- Robin Black, author of Life Drawing
"Cynthia Newberry Martin's TIDAL FLATS is written out of the rough wisdom that knows that love is a peculiar, dynamic force, and all we can do against it is to be alert and open and awake. This is a story of making and unmaking and making again, with no neat resolutions or pat answers. It's a beautiful book."
-- Paul Lisicky, author of Later and The Narrow Door
"For once, a novel of big ideas that is also filled with bold and uncommon events. In Tidal Flats, Cynthia Newberry Martin, a storyteller at the top of her game, creates a universe of betrayal, compassion, and regret in which two people's love for each other is surpassed only by their loyalty to their convictions. I was glued to the page."
-- Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean
"With deep insight and unending sensitivity, Cynthia Newberry Martin shows us to ourselves: our penchant for choosing lives that will crack us open, our resilience when our deepest fears come true. In scenes both vivid and emotionally complex, Tidal Flats excavates the interior of a long term marriage, how it demands the impossible, offers the unimaginable. This book is a stunning, heart-expanding debut.
-- Pam Houston, author of Deep Creek: Finding Hope In The High Country
I admire Martin's capacity to render her characters with the dignity of complexity. And I double-admire that she takes that same care with her settings, turning place into a player that has its own "human" heart. The novel swirls with light and love.
-- Joshua Mohr, author of Sirens and All This Life
A story of illness, healing, and regeneration into joy.
"They Can Take It Out" - Cheryl Clark Vermeulen
Fiercely the speaker shares her life as a woman with cancer, the invasions and intimacies of the battle against it, the healing, and the quest to make new life for herself and her family. Says Cole Swenson, Weaving illness, art, and pregnancy together as if surprising, even stunning, twists of phrasing could out-maneuver a cancer or guarantee conception, the poems in this collection cover an amazing range of human event and emotion. But fascination and a rare kind of deeply-informed delight win out--there's a zeal for life that rings throughout the whole, a commitment to vigor in the face of inevitable diversity, and a delicate humor that invites the reader to hope.
Nikki Wallschlaeger adds, Bodies are a biological tapestry of the environments that made them. Unfortunately, even though they belong to us, they are often out of our control. Vermeulen writes, 'They're beads. A string of beads. / Civilizations.' Cells that contain the worst about human society-- 'Awe and disease. Conquest.' What to do about it? Remove what doesn't work, what hurts, what kills. It's not that easy. THEY CAN TAKE IT OUT speaks to the experience of disease as a relationship with what's outside the human body. 'Immortal cells are cancerous cells. They don't stop dividing.' Civilization is the diagnosis. Finally, Amaranth Borsuk concludes, Full of memory and movement, painting and dance, the speaker in THEY CAN TAKE IT OUT acknowledges 'Art is my favorite future.' Navigating loss upon loss, she knows that 'we love a woman looking sure-footed, ' but that every dance is, as they say, a controlled fall. In these poignant and pointed poems, Vermeulen shows us the body in descent, tracking its graceful gestures, its pantomimes and procedures to show we each carry something extra that, though they may take it out, makes us fundamentally ourselves.
Poetry. Women's Studies.