She’s 21 and it’s the late 1960s, so…swallow a groovy green pill, write an hallucinatory essay on Milton’s Paradise Lost and get into Oxford.
by Catherine Gildiner
When we last left young Cathy McLure (the tree-climbing, civil rights-pursuing, smart-mouthed child/young woman of Gildiner’s previous memoirs, Too Close to the Falls and After the Falls), her first love had turned out to be married, and the FBI was on her doorstep. What to do? Well, she’s 21 and it’s the late 1960s, so…swallow a groovy green pill, write an hallucinatory essay on Milton’s Paradise Lost and get into Oxford, of course.
But clomping through the halls of Oxford in platform heels and miniskirt is just the beginning of Cathy’s adventures. The next few years will see her brush shoulders with the likes of Jimi Hendrix and young Bill Clinton, teach at a high school in a burned-out ghetto in Cleveland, move to Toronto – only to have a run-in with the FLQ – and fall in love.
Catherine Gildiner is a bestselling novelist, columnist, screenwriter and clinical psychologist. She lives in Creemore. (ecw press, $27.95)
Catherine Gildiner, author of Coming Ashore in Conversation with Terry O’Reilly
Catherine Gildiner, author of Coming Ashore in Creemore.