The Coterian Retreat is a memoir about growing up in Hamilton, Ohio in the 1960s and early 1970s. It is a series of 33 short stories about the usual - and some unusual - things that kids experience while growing up in a Midwestern town.
Tim Simer moved to Hamilton, Ohio in the Fall of 1961 with his Mother, Father and sisters Emily, Becky and Laurie. While living there he dealt with his parents divorce and grew from boy to young man. He left Hamilton in 1972 to attend college at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana where he met his future wife Liz.
There is actually no such word! It is derived from the word Coterie.
(ko 'ta-ree): An intimate group of persons with a unifying common interest or purpose.
Tim's father was a minister and the church called their annual retreat the Coterian Retreat.
Hence one of the book chapters and the source for the book title!
“Tim Simer...recounts gracefully and vividly those happy
memories of his youth. This is pleasurable reading...”
“This is more than a book about Timothy S. Simer’s boyhood
in the 1960s and early 1970s. It is a Hamilton story.
It is about familiar people, places and events in the city.”
“It’s a story that can open the floodgates of memory for
anyone coming of age during the ‘60s and ‘70s...Tim’s
personal revelations of growing up in that time and place
are touching in their candor and universal to adolescence."