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.
In June 1964, Ann Garretson skips her college commencement to tour Europe with Lieutenant Jack Sigg, a tank commander on the German-Czech border, with the hope of returning as his fiancée. A month into their rendezvous, her best friend, Terry, proposes marriage—by mail—throwing all their lives into turmoil.
Jack offers the military life Ann grew up with. Terry, a conscientious objector, will leave for the Peace Corps at the end of the summer—unless the draft board intervenes and sends him to jail. Her dilemma: she loves them both. Caught between the old mores and winds of change, Ann must make an agonizing choice.
In alternating voices, A Rendezvous to Remember presents firsthand accounts by the two who eventually married, enriched by letters from the rival, whose path led him elsewhere. Provocative and delightfully uncensored, this coming-of-age memoir, anchored in the tumult of the sixties, is a tribute to the enduring power of love and family.
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.
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The (Unexpected) Joys of Research: Lima Calls
The core of A Rendezvous to Remember is a trip that Ann and Jack took though Europe in the summer of 1964. As we were writing the memoir, Ann and I concluded we really needed to do that trip again—both to refresh her memories and to give me the lay of the land.
In the spring of 2014, we spent seven weeks in Europe following the trail Ann blazed with Jack in 1964—several short trips through Bavaria, then three weeks driving the route Ann and Jack took from Landshut, Germany, to Paris, Saint-Tropez, Nice, Monaco, Verona, and Lake Garda.
Jack had wanted to take Ann on a cruise down the Danube River, but he couldn’t work it in. So we (Ann and I) did it 50 years later—12 days on the Danube from Prague to Budapest. A grand time: gourmet meals, castle tours, a wine tasting, historic sights, stops in Regensburg, Vilshofen, Passau, Linz, Melk, Krems, Vienna, Bratislava, and a side trip to Salzburg.
But best of all were the people we met, especially a young couple from Lima, Peru, on their honeymoon. We made friends, chatted away evenings with them, and, as we always do, invited them to visit us in Las Vegas.
They did. A year later they came to Las Vegas to celebrate their first anniversary. They stayed with us. We toured the city—the casinos, the shows, the shops, the restaurants, and the nearby countryside. And again, we chatted away the evenings.
So a couple of years later, Ann and I detoured to Lima on our trip to Patagonia, Argentina. We spent five days in Lima, staying with them in their small apartment. We cuddled their three-month-old daughter, joined them at work in their delightful coffee shop, hiked their childhood neighborhood, and partied with their extended families.
We still keep in touch. We follow their stories on Facebook and exchange emails regularly. Their gorgeous daughter now babbles on in both Spanish and English.
Our takeaway? Yes indeed, good, solid research for your story is a must. But more importantly, it can lead to discoveries you never imagined and never planned.—Terry Marshall, coauthor, A Rendezvous to Remember
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