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5.0 out of 5 stars
Beautifully written and beautiful, 3 Oct. 2012
I never write reviews and I wanted to about this book. I bought it by mistake--I thought it was something else. Then it pulled me in and I couldn't put it down. It's about a man in mid-life and his young daughter who have been through a devastating trauma--the details of which are only revealed slowly as the story unfolds. So they set sail on an old boat with some traumas of its own from Trinidad, through the ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao) and further afield, learning to live again, healing, and having adventures on the open seas. It's not all fun and games--there are some harrowing experiences along the way. Although the story is grounded in a tragedy, the narrative doesn't wallow, and by moving seamlessly between past and present it gives a very real sense of what the healing process is like. And if you're a sailor or like the ocean there are beautiful passages about life at sea.