Author to present ‘Space Heart’ memoir at Camden Public Library
CAMDEN —Linda Buckmaster has lived within a block of Route 1 most of her life, growing up in “Space Coast” Florida during the 1960s and 1960s and being part of the back-to-the-land movement in Maine in the 1970s. She will speak about the experiences of her formative years on Thursday, November 29 at 7 p.m. Copies of her memoir Space Heart will be available for sale and signing courtesy of Sherman's Books.
In 1962, as John Glenn orbited the earth and sea turtles were laying their eggs on wild Florida beaches just miles from Cape Canaveral, 11-year-old Linda Buckmaster became one of the first children to successfully undergo open-heart surgery. Encountering more of a problem than they anticipated, surgeons improvised a solution using Teflon, a material developed for the space industry.
Through the eyes of an alcoholic rocket engineer’s daughter, Space Heart paints a picture of an era of endless optimism and television cowboys amid the looming Soviet threat. Combining prose poems, narrative memoir, and history, Buckmaster juxtaposes the natural world of Space Coast Florida in the 1950s and 60s with the cutting-edge technology of the early days of the space race. As a young adult, Buckmaster emerges from this landscape in search of independence, road-tripping like the Beats, finding herself at Woodstock, and eventually settling in Maine.
In the final stage of the memoir, Buckmaster returns to the Space Coast with her troubled brother to explore the remnants of an industry in transition and to reckon with the memory of her father.