We are pleased to welcome author Cynthia Newberry Martin to Titcomb's to talk about and sign copies of her novel, Tidal Flats, on Thursday evening, August 29 at 6:30 PM. Cynthia Newberry Martin holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has served as the Review Editor for Contrary Magazine and the Writing Life Editor for Hunger Mountain. Her website features the How We Spend Our Days series, over a decade of essays by writers on their lives. She grew up in Atlanta and now lives in Columbus, Georgia, with her husband, and in Provincetown, Massachusetts, in a little house by the water. Tidal Flats is her first novel.
About Tidal Flats:
This is the story of a marriage. Mary Cassatt Miller falls for famous photojournalist Ethan Graham, who is equally in love with her. But for months at a time, Ethan’s work takes him to the dangerous streets of Afghanistan, and Cass wants a husband who comes home at night. Then there’s the issue of family—he wants one; she doesn’t. What Cass and Ethan do want is a life together, so Ethan agrees that after three years, he will stop traveling—whether Cass agrees to children or not.
Tidal Flats opens nine weeks before their third anniversary—the day Ethan will be home for good—as Cass anticipates all that the year will bring. In addition to Ethan at home, Cass will become the director of Atlanta’s Howell House, the Westside home for three older women, known to the staff as the Fates.
As the clock counts down, Cass wonders if Ethan will ever give up the work he loves, and 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 overseas.
Then, a new danger in Afghanistan changes everything.
"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.
"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