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Three Tides
Three Tides

Three Tides

Writing at the Edge of Being


272 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper, PDF, Mobipocket, EPUB

Trade Paper, $17.95 (US $17.95) (CA $23.95)

Publication Date: October 2016

ISBN 9780930324926

Rights: WOR

Wings Press (Oct 2016)


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In THREE TIDES, a "writer's writer" lets readers peek over her shoulder as she talks about writing, revealing the process that allows her to stumble, crawl and run. Through memoir chronicling a particular period of writing, she moves to documenting the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, mediated through the oral histories of some of its survivors. The receding echoes of their voices guide her as she composes a drama, "Like Snow Melting in Water: Song for a Lost Village." Based on a true story, the play chronicles the life and death of an rice-growing village bordering the Sea of Japan. The environmental devastation of Katrina -- a natural disaster that wiped out entire communities of both people and wildlife, erasing both culture and history -- is paralleled in "Like Snow Melting in Water" by a man-made disaster that accomplished the same results by destroying an ancient village and replacing it with a chemical waste landfill. The author is known for both her experimental fiction (FACE) and her powerful environmental writing (DEVIL'S TANGO and APOLOGY TO A WHALE.)

Author Biography

Cecile Pineda is the author of six published novels The Love Queen of the Amazon, written with the assistance of an NEA Fiction Fellowship, and named Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times; Frieze, and Face, which won the Gold Medal from the Commonwealth Club of California, the First Fiction Award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts & Letters, an American Book Award nomination and a 2014 Neustadt Prize nomination. Bardo99, a mononovel which addresses the experience of the 20th century, Redoubt, a meditation on gender, Fishlight: a Dream of Childhood, and two works of non-fiction, Devil's Tango: How I Learned the Fukushijma Step by Step, a criminal exposé of the nuclear industry; and Apology to a Whale: Words to Mend a World, an exploration of language at the intersection of archeology and comparative linguistics as the root of the world's present power alignments. All books are available from Wings Press. Her archive forms part of the Special Collections Library of Stanford University. Of her fiction, John Coetzee has written: "Cecile Pineda is a novelist of the utmost artistic integrity." Prior to her work as a writer, Pineda founded and directed her own experimental theater company. Visit her web page at