Edited by Kathleen Hamilton
Deep Water Pearls, an anthology of women’s memoirs, has been published by Acorn Press. Thirteen writers, guided by memoir coach and editor Kathleen Hamilton, reveal the most intimate turning points in their lives, memories deeply charged with meaning, moments after which their lives were never the same.
The stories are diverse: we meet a PEI farm girl exploring her early intuitive knowings, a tattooed millennial struggling with PTSD, a mature academic rebounding from the betrayal of her marriage, and a bride whose wedding day is a triumph over a treacherous past. In The Strength it Took to Ditch You, a woman reveals her years in an abusive same-sex relationship. High School Reunion is set in Unit 9, a psych ward in Charlottetown. In The Waiting Place, a young mother from western PEI explores the meaning of home.
Contributors are R.M. Alice, Orysia Dawydiak, Alexandra Dixon, Yvette Doucette, Sharla Goodwin, Kathleen Hamilton, K.J. Johnston, Jo MacKinnon, Liza Oliver, Katie Poirier, Heather S馮uin, Hope Sollows, and E.G. Todd. While the writers are all from PEI where many of the stories take place, their journeys take us farther afield to the logging towns of BC and the ranch culture of Utah, to formative experiences in the Magdalene Islands and Newfoundland.
What unites these stories (and a few poems) is the shared commitment of the writers to explore their deeper truths.
Kathleen Hamilton is the creator of A Deeper Truth memoir programs. She is the author of the memoir Sex After Baby: Why There is None published by Acorn Press. She is an actor and director, poet, screenwriter and playwright. She is known for her stage comedy, Shameless Hussies, her memoir-on-stage Blonde Moments, and her program SoloWorks in which she guides women to write and perform their own monologues on stage.
Kathleen is currently writing a new memoir, High Flying Girl. Deep Water Pearls is her first anthology. It will be launching at The Mount Community Centre in Charlottetown on December 8 at 1 pm.