The people and places of Lake Superior feature in this anthology of short stories by nine writers from Minnesota and Wisconsin. "Going Coastal" won an honorable mention from the Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards in their 2017 competition.
The power of stories lures an aging man on a road trip back home, north on Highway 61. Through her painting of a river, an Ojibway woman teaches a historian about himself and her culture’s connections to the land and water. A woman confronts a suicidal man on Stoney Point, led by the mystical power of water to magnify her psychic abilities. Another woman finds meaning in the intricate curves and fiery bands of an agate. A shoreline boulder offers its magical views on human life. A ship captain from long-ago faces a coldwater death in Whitefish Bay. Life comes full circle in the currents of the lake for a young man from Two Harbors. A ghostly fur-trapper haunts Madeline Island. A family’s powerful saga unfolds on the shores of Lake Superior.
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Read a review by Zenith News, July 2017. Of my story, "Water Witch," it says:
“Water Witch” is the aqueous antagonist who slides through the story by Marie Zhuikov. Zhuikov weaves key moments of the title character’s life with a watery entity that skillfully remains in the shadows. The imagery is just right. Zhuikov tells a good story without a lot of visible craft or too much explanation.
The Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards reviewers say:
The stories in Going Coastal are all deeply personal, and reflect the lake as a source of beginnings and endings -- a source of inspiration, loss, and renewal. The anthology contains a variety of very different stories, touching us in many ways, and connecting us to the power of Lake Superior.