What the Oceans Remember


What the Oceans Remember: Searching for Belonging and Home (WLU Press, 2019) tells a story of complicated belongings, and of a search for origins, belonging, and home. In this memoir that traverses five continents an spans more than two centuries, I explore archives, family stories, and my memories in a question to understand the stories that lie behind my Dutch name, Canadian passport, British birth certificate, and brown skin. Along the way, I ponder the rich possibilities—but also the limitations—of archival sources, the pull of the ocean, the meanings of music, love, legacy, freedom, memory, and ruin, and ultimately, the relevance of our pasts to understanding our present

What the Oceans Remember: Searching for Belonging and Home is scheduled for release in Fall 2019. It will be available directly from Wilfrid Laurier University Press.

It can also be ordered by your favourite bookseller, and is available for pre-order at Chapters-IndigoAmazon.com, Amazon.ca, Powell’s Books, Waterstone’sand Blackwell’s.