Welcome to the A Rendezvous to Remember Book Tour!
Thank you for stopping by before the tour is over. At this tour spot, Bookish Ramblings is honored to spotlight A Rendezvous to Remember and a short Q&A with authors Terry Marshall and Ann Garretson Marshall!
Book Title: A Rendezvous to Remember: A Memoir of Joy and Heartache at the Dawn of the Sixties by Terry Marshall, Ann Garretson Marshall
Category: Adult Non-Fiction (18 +), 378 pages
Genre: Memoir, Romance
Publisher: Sandra Jonas Publishing
Release date: Feb 2021
Tour dates: Feb 9 to Mar 1, 2021
Content Rating: R. This memoir contains mature themes, explicit sex scenes, one f-word, and occasional profanity.
Meet the Authors:
Terry Marshall and Ann Garretson Marshall taught English in the Philippines as Peace Corps volunteers and later served as Peace Corps country co-directors in the Solomon Islands, Kiribati, and Tuvalu. Back in the States, they worked side by side as community organizers and activists in Colorado. Terry went on to write fiction and nonfiction works on discrimination, poverty, rural development, and intercultural conflict. Ann has thirty years of experience as a writer, editor, and community-government go-between for issues related to nuclear and hazardous waste cleanup. Always seeking adventure, Terry and Ann have traveled to forty-three countries. They live in Las Vegas, Nevada.
connect with the authors: website ~ twitter ~ facebook ~ instagram
In Rendezvous to Remember, you describe in vivid detail things and events that took place more than 50 years ago. How can you possibly remember those?
Terry: We’re lucky—we keep things, like the expense ledgers I kept starting in high school, as well as receipts and scores of letters. But we also had to do our research. An example: we have two scenes in A Rendezvous to Remember in which Ann and Jack camp out in his army pup tent. Intimate? Yes, but how intimate? To find out, we bought a surplus army pup tent and went camping. Now we both know exactly how intimate—and, at the same time, roomy—a pup tent can be. Moreover, it brought back the sharp, musty canvas smell, the scent of pine needles and moist earth (no floor on a pup tent), the night sounds, the awkwardness of trying to stand, and the discomfort of sleeping on the ground.
You’ve written intimate details about your love life, embarrassing things! Isn’t it difficult to face your children after they’re read A Rendezvous to Remember?
Ann: Absolutely! But we’re not all that unusual. I hope young people facing coming of age and other challenges will see they aren’t alone, that physical expression of love is normal. The challenge is to make wise choices early on. Growing up is hard, even after you think you’ve already grown up. You make mistakes. Eventually, you realize your mistakes aren’t so unique—and maybe some aren’t even mistakes. But if you’re lucky, you learn and grow and accept who you are. And maybe, just maybe you become a better person.
Lots of people have interesting love stories. When you set out to write A Rendezvous to Remember, what made you think your story merited a whole book?
Terry: Actually, we didn’t plan to write “our love story.” It began because we were wondering, “After all those ‘best-buddy’ years, how did we end up a married couple?” Our writing was a process of discovery, and we quickly realized that our story was more than a tale of two people falling in love. It grew out of our own individual backgrounds, our educations, our families, and the national cultural changes in which we were enmeshed. A Rendezvous to Remember integrates our love story into the major societal issues of the day: the civil rights movement, the Cold War, Vietnam, women’s liberation, and the sharply divisive political climate. We had to explore them all to make the story complete.
In A Rendezvous to Remember, you write about conflicts with your parents, in particular the fact that they opposed your marrying Terry. How were you able to move on after that—or were you?
Ann: The good news: We were able to reconcile. In my case, I attribute it to the love my parents had nurtured over my lifetime, which I was then able to respond to in kind. I realize 56 years later that a loving family is powerful gift, one I hope I have been able to pass on to my own children.
Writing a memoir requires recreating your own past. As you wrote A Rendezvous to Remember did you discover any helpful hints that other writers can use?
Terry: Yes indeed—the rich source of information on the internet. The best example: Ann found a 1963 Stars & Stripes article about two French lieutenants serving on the Czech-German border. She got in touch with one. He had met both her brother and her boyfriend, and sent us photos of them. Eventually we visited him and his family in France when Ann and I redid her 1964 “grand tour” in 2014. We got to see albums of his photos from the Cold War.
Or take the photos of the two events on July 12, 1964, that I wrote about in the memoir: the big civil rights march down Market Street in San Francisco and our picketing the Republican National Convention at the Cow Palace. The internet also serves up obscure details that bring scenes to life—like the fact that when Rachel stepped off the bus in Boulder, Colorado, mid-morning on February 22, 1964, it was 37 degrees out. What a wealth of weather data is on the internet!
Thank you so much, Terry and Ann! It has been an honor to be able to spotlight your book on Bookish Rambings!
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