Sunday, February 23, 2014

Jennie Shortridge's "Love Water Memory"

Jennie Shortridge is the author of five bestselling novels, including her latest, Love Water Memory, an American Booksellers Association’s Indie Next Pick and Library Journal’s Editors Pick. An avid volunteer, she is the co-founder of Seattle7Writers, a nonprofit collective of Northwest authors who raise money and awareness for literature and literacy.

Here Shortridge dreamcasts an adaptation of Love Water Memory:
Love Water Memory is the story of a couple parted by amnesia and reunited, and the mystery of what happened and what will happen next, set in Seattle. I would love to see it produced as an independent film right here in the Northwest, where we have great filmmakers like Lynn Shelton and Gus Van Sant. And I’d love Northwest music to play a major role in the sound of it. Modest Mouse is already written into the story.

As for actors, I get my dream cast, right? So let’s say Toni Colette as Lucie, an amnesiac who has fled from her fiancé Grady (who is half Native American and difficult to cast, so I’m thinking the casting director might put out a call for auditions.) The strange and mysterious Aunt Helen would be well served by the talents of June Squibb, who was recently nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in the film Nebraska. Neighbor Susan has to be Sandra Oh!

As for locations, the old Seattle neighborhood of Wallingford, the Tulalip Indian Reservation an hour north of the city, and the San Francisco Bay all have major roles in the story, and each holds a different mystery.
Learn more about the book and author at Jennie Shortridge's website.

The Page 69 Test: Love Water Memory.

--Marshal Zeringue