Deep Salt Water is an intimate memoir about abortion, expressed through the language and imagery of the ocean. By gravitating around a central love story—the reconnection of a couple who’d had an abortion twenty years earlier—the book draws its readers, inexorably, into global themes of loss, time, and creation.
The book is organized as 37 separate pieces, divided into three sections—a structure that mirrors the number of weeks in a full-term pregnancy. Each ‘trimester’ of the book explores the story of my lover and me: our relationship and unwanted pregnancy; the abortion itself; our separation and subsequent reconnection seventeen years later—a rekindling of love which stimulates my effort to come to terms with the abortion and its consequences.
Moving from a place of intense intimacy to an outward focus that engages with the broader world, Deep Salt Water discusses abortion in all its complexity, rejecting polarizing rhetoric in favour of the unfathomable truths that women hold in their bodies.
Praise for Deep Salt Water:
“Deep Salt Water is intimate and sensual, tidal and saline.”
—Jade Colbert, The Globe & Mail
“Whether coming to terms with the abortion she had years ago or recognizing the loss we’ve already witnessed in our oceans and the loss that is still to come, Apostolides acknowledges that grief is an essential part of the human experience when what you have loved is gone. Yet the love that is contained within her words—of the seas, of her unborn child, of the man she connects with so many years later—is the kind of love that is oceans deep.”
—Jenna Gersie, The Goose: A Journal of Arts, Environment and Culture in Canada
Deep Salt Water was listed among the ‘Most Anticipated Books of 2017’ by the Toronto Star and Room magazine; it was also featured in the Spring Preview Issue of Quill & Quire.
Interviews & Readings:
Whether you’re visually, aurally, or textually inclined, this section offers insight into the book’s creation, themes, and aesthetics. Listen to a reading of Deep Salt Water, from BookThug’s group launch in April 2017.