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Coming Ashore

A Memoir

by Catherine Gildiner
narrator Nathalie Toriel

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personal memoirs, educators, women
list price: $26.99
also available: Paperback Hardcover eBook
published: 2018
publisher: ECW Press


Written with the same spirit and wit as the bestselling Too Close to the Falls and After the Falls, Coming Ashore is the third and final volume of Catherine Gildiner’s memoir series. Picking up her story in the late ’60s at age 21, Cathy whisks through seven years and three countries. Whether reciting verse in the classrooms of the University of Oxford, arranging a date with Jimi Hendrix, teaching inner city kids literature, rooming with a major drug dealer, falling in love, or working in a psychiatric hospital, Cathy determinedly blazes her own trail through all the passion and uncertainty that comes with the cusp of adulthood.

Coming Ashore transports readers to a fascinating era populated by lively characters, but most memorable of all is the singular Cathy McClure.


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Contributor notes

Catherine Gildiner’s childhood memoir Too Close to the Falls (1999) was a New York Times bestseller and on the Globe and Mail’s bestseller list for over a year. In 2010, she published a sequel, After the Falls, also a bestseller. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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“Gildiner’s adventures are many, from the rough to the romantic, and elicit genuine laughs along the way.” — Chatelaine

Coming Ashore reads like a super-cool lady whispering secrets over cold tea late at night – a lady who holds her liquor so well, she refrains from self-pity and self-aggrandizement. The result is a clear-eyed look at life.” — Globe and Mail


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