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Book Title: The Water Here Is Never Blue: Intrigue and Lies from an Uncommon Childhood|
The author of the book: Shelagh Plunkett
Date of issue: August 20th 2013
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ISBN 13: 9780670066995
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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.
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Read information about the authorShelagh Plunkett is an award-winning writer and journalist. Her work includes literary non-fiction, fiction, travel writing and arts reportage. She has been published in various Canadian and U.S. journals including The Walrus, enRoute Magazine, Geist Magazine, the Globe and Mail and the Vancouver Sun. In 2007 she won a first in the CBC Literary Awards for creative non-fiction.
Her book, The Water Here is Never Blue, will be available through Penguin Canada or your favorite bookstore on August 20, 2013.
Shelagh currently lives in Montréal, but grew up on the west coast of Canada, in Guyana and on Timor, Indonesia.