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Deep Salt Water
By (author): Marianne Apostolides Illustrated by: Catherine Mellinger
Marianne Apostolides ,

Illustrated by :

Catherine Mellinger




Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Trade


General Trade
Mar 08, 2017
$20.00 CAD


8in x 6.1 x 0.5 in | 260 gr

Page Count:

174 pages
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 9 full colour plates of mixed media collage by Catherine Mellinger.

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 finalist for the 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.

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

Electronic galleys available in January 2017
Events in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Waterloo, Vancouver, Victoria, Chicago, IL, and Seattle, WA

For more information contact
[email protected]

“…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

“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

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