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A Year of Days

Myrl Coulter

Canadian Studies, Memoir

Published: February 2015
ISBN: 9781772120455
Pages: 208 Size: 5.25x9

"As soon as she was gone from this earth, I felt an overwhelming need for more of her. I had to find her again. But how do you find someone after they’re gone for good?"

After her mother succumbed to a rare form of dementia, Myrl Coulter returned to the eulogy she wrote for the funeral and expanded it into meditations on the troubling absence of what had been a fraught relationship. The result is fifteen personal narrative essays that travel through the vacations, annual holidays, special occasions, and regular ordinary days each year brings. Coulter quests for the mother who is already gone and yet remains all around her, no matter where she is. In every captivating detail of Coulter’s world, A Year of Days offers readers an intimate odyssey of experience and a cathartic finish.

Born and raised in Manitoba, Myrl Coulter lives and writes in Edmonton, Alberta. She holds a PhD from the University of Alberta, where she taught English.