A father and daughter confront each other and their own wounds in a land of loss and reconciliation.
Berry Morgan’s father hasn’t been around much since the divorce, until the day he shows up at school to tell her that her sister Laura was brutally murdered.
And then, for days afterward, he set up camp at the house—practically moved back in with Mom and me, as if we were still the perfect family, as if he hadn’t checked out years before. All of a sudden he’s there in our living room, pouring drinks from a big bottle of bourbon, taking calls, making decisions, running the show the way he always does.
A year and a half later he arranges a trip to South Africa—with Berry reluctantly in tow—to attend a memorial service at the school in Cape Town where Laura had volunteered. Berry’s father has planned some other activities as well: a business meeting in Johannesburg, a guided tour of Soweto, and a visit to Krueger National Park.
In this intense and compelling story, a father and daughter confront each other and their own wounds in a land pulsing with loss. Berry and her father’s painful journey forces them to look beyond their own grieving and bear witness to a country’s tortured search for peace and reconciliation
- Ages: 14–17
- Grades: 9–12
- Pages: 160