Too Close to the Falls: A Memoir

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Too Close to the Falls: A Memoir

by Catherine Gildiner

ECW Press | October 1, 1999 | Trade Paperback

4.6923 out of 5 rating. 13 Reviews

Heartbreaking and wicked: a memoir of  stunning beauty and remarkable grace. Improbable friendships and brushes with death. A schoolgirl affecting the course of aboriginal politics. Elvis and cocktails and Catholicism and the secrets buried deep beneath a place that may be another, undiscovered Love Canal – Lewiston, New York. Too Close to the Falls is an exquisite, haunting return, through time and memory, to the heart of Catherine Gildiner's childhood.

And what a childhood it was …

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 350 Pages, 5.12 × 8.27 × 0.79 in

Published: October 1, 1999

Publisher: ECW Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1550223968

ISBN - 13: 9781550223965

Found in: Biography and Memoir

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Too Close to the Falls: A Memoir

Too Close to the Falls: A Memoir

by Catherine Gildiner

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 350 Pages, 5.12 × 8.27 × 0.79 in

Published: October 1, 1999

Publisher: ECW Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1550223968

ISBN - 13: 9781550223965

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Over half a century ago I grew up in Lewiston, a small town in western New York, a few miles north of Niagara Falls on the Canadian border. As the Falls can be seen from the Canadian and American sides from different perspectives, so can Lewiston. It is a sleepy town, protected from the rest of the world geographically, nestled at the bottom of the steep shale Niagara Escarpment on one side and the Niagara River on the other. The river’s appearance, however, is deceptive. While it seems calm, rarely making waves, it has deadly whirlpools swirling on its surface which can suck anything into their vortices in seconds. My father, a pharmacist, owned a drugstore in the nearby honeymoon capital of Niagara Falls. My mother, a math teacher by training rather than inclination, was an active participant in the historical society. Lewiston actually had a few historical claims to fame, which my mother eagerly hyped. The word cocktail was invented there, Charles Dickens stayed overnight at the Frontier House, the local inn, and Lafayette gave a speech from a balcony on the main street. Our home, which had thirteen trees in the yard that were planted when there were thirteen states, was used to billet soldiers in the War of 1812. It was called into action by history yet again for the Underground Railroad to smuggle slaves across the Niagara River to freedom in Canada. My parents longed for a child for many years; however, when they were not blessed, they gracefully settled into an o
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Heartbreaking and wicked: a memoir of  stunning beauty and remarkable grace. Improbable friendships and brushes with death. A schoolgirl affecting the course of aboriginal politics. Elvis and cocktails and Catholicism and the secrets buried deep beneath a place that may be another, undiscovered Love Canal – Lewiston, New York. Too Close to the Falls is an exquisite, haunting return, through time and memory, to the heart of Catherine Gildiner's childhood.

And what a childhood it was …

About the Author

Cathering Gildiner has a Ph.D. in psychology and has been in private, clinical practice for seventeen years. She writes a psychological advice column for Chatelaine Magazine and has written numerous newspaper articles. She is also the author of the novel Seduction (Random House). She lives in Toronto.

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Born in Lewiston, New York, psychologist Catherine Gildiner had an extraordinary childhood. Too Close to the Falls: A Memoir details her amazing experiences in lucid and touching prose, a book that`s as heartbreaking as it is deliciously wicked. From her unlikely friendships to several brushes with death, Gildiner explores her past with verve, charm and tender fondness. Fans of the memoir genre won`t want to miss this eminently enjoyable read, penned with a deft touch and a sharp eye for human poignancy.

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