The Water Here Is Never Blue

The Water Here Is Never Blue

Intrigue and Lies From An Uncommon Child

Book - 2013
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In the 1970s, Shelagh Plunkett, a teenage girl from Vancouver, travels with her middle-class family to Guyana and Indonesia, where her father, a civil engineer, has been posted to help with those countries' water systems. On the surface, she lives a protected life, attending girls' schools run by nuns and surrounded by household staff. But there is also a fearlessness and recklessness in the girl--a hotel tryst at fifteen, swimming with piranhas, and cavorting with monkeys.

The secrecy and double life of this teenager in a foreign land is paralleled by the mysterious comings and goings of her beloved but distant father. Guyana is nationalizing Canada's bauxite mines, and Indonesians are slaughtering East Timorese a few miles away. Why is their phone tapped, why do they always have to have a suitcase packed, and why is her father working on a water project on a parched island? In The Water Here Is Never Blue , an adolescent comes of age and is indelibly marked by her years abroad. But it is the adult narrator who ultimately struggles with the truth of who her father was.

Publisher: Toronto : Viking, c2013.
ISBN: 9780670066995
Branch Call Number: PLUNKET PLU
Characteristics: 295 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 22 cm.

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