A poignant and engaging family memoir about a daughter who is racing to assemble her father’s storyone that includes parachuting into France and Burma for British special forces during World War IIas his mind dissolves into dementia
Atlantic Monthly Press
978-0-8021-2514-9 • $26.00 • Forthcoming in Cloth • Mar. 2017
Keggie Carew grew up in the gravitational field of an unorthodox father who lived on his wits and dazzling charm. For most of her adult life, Keggie was kept at arm’s length from her father’s personal history, but when she is invited to join him for the sixtieth anniversary of the Jedburghsan elite special operations unit during World War IIa new door opens in their relationship. As dementia stakes a claim over his memory, Keggie embarks on a quest to unravel her father’s story and soon finds herself in a far more consuming place than she had bargained for.
Tom Carew was a maverick, a left-handed stutterer, a law unto himself. As a Jedburgh he was parachuted behind enemy lines to raise guerrilla resistance first against the Germans in France, then against the Japanese in Southeast Asia, where he won the moniker "Lawrence of Burma." But his wartime exploits are only the beginning. Part family memoir, part energetic military history, Dadland takes us on a spellbinding journey, in peace and war, into surprising corners of twentieth-century politics, Keggie’s rackety English childhood, the poignant breakdown of her family, the corridors of dementia, and beyond. As Keggie pieces her fatherand herselfback together again, she celebrates the Technicolor life of an impossible, irresistible, unstoppable man.