We Watch The Waves: Unravelling the Mystery of a Father's Death
By Susan Riley
***Editor's Choice - Vancouver Sun***
We Watch the Waves is Susan Riley's personal quest of discovery, a daughter learning to break the silence surrounding her father's death. What drives the search and propels the story is the sudden revelation that her father's death in August 1947 in post-war Winnipeg had been by suicide. The mystery surrounding his violent death in the basement of his home, when Riley was nine months old, grows with each new revelation.
Riley's personal journey follows her father and RCAF Squadron 413 to the Shetland Islands in northern Scotland and south around the Cape of Good Hope to Ceylon in 1942. The intersecting path follows her mother to her wartime teaching job in Minnesota and her bond with an American social worker.
In this poignant memoir, an older Riley discovers her youthful parents as they try to survive in a sexually repressed upper-class Winnipeg milieu.Paperback: 276 pages
Publisher: Great Plains Publications (Oct 2007)
Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 21.6 cm