Description2020 IPPY Award Winner for Literary Fiction, 2020 NIEA Winner for General Fiction and Best Cover
In this elegant and honest debut novel by Cynthia Newberry Martin, Cass and Ethan must navigate that fine line between the things they want for themselves and the life they want together, and it appears each will have to make a choice--the person they love or the life they want.
Mary Cassatt Miller falls for famous photojournalist Ethan Graham. For months at a time, Ethan's work takes him to Afghanistan, and Cass, who's passionate about her job in Atlanta, wants a husband who comes home at night. Then, there's the issue of family―he wants one; she doesn't.
What they do want is a life together, so Ethan agrees that after three years, he will stop traveling―whether Cass agrees to children or not. But for Cass, who grew up with a mother who didn't want her and a father who was never home, even thinking about children troubles her.
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. Then, a new danger in Afghanistan changes everything.
If you are a fan of books such as Writers & Lovers by Lily King, An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli, The Maytrees by Annie Dillard, or Ladder of Years by Anne Tyler, you're going to love Cynthia Newberry Martin's debut novel Tidal Flats.
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About the Author
Cynthia Newberry Martin writes about marriage. About how characters navigate between separateness and togetherness. About their need for both time to themselves and time together. About what compromise does to a person's sense of self. Her first novel, Tidal Flats, was published in September 2019.
Her stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in Hunger Mountain, Brevity, Gargoyle, Contrary Magazine, Clapboard House, Storyglossia, Numéro Cinq and other places. For a number of years, she served as the Review Editor for Contrary Magazine and the Writing Life Editor for Hunger Mountain. In 2012 she graduated from Vermont College of Fine Arts with an MFA in Creative Writing. Later that year, she was awarded a residency at Ragdale. In 2013, she became a founding board member of the literary nonprofit Writing by Writers.
In 2009, she began the How We Spend Our Days series on her blog. There are now over a decade of essays from over a hundred writers on how each one spent one of their days. Currently, she spends her days in Columbus, GA, with her husband, and in Provincetown, MA, in a little house by the water.
For more about cynthia and her writing, please check out her website at www.cynthianewberrymartin.com