Parts of Susan Hadler’s family tree was shrouded in darkness. When she was only a few months old, her father died in a World War II mine explosion. The event so shattered her mother that she refused to talk to her children about him, instead marrying again and starting a new life.
Hadler’s search for her father as an adult was a journey in his final footsteps and a prelude to her quest to discover what happened to her mother’s estranged sisters. What she discovers is a legacy of loss and mental illness, with repercussions for the generations that followed. Hadler's years as a psychotherapist are evident in this meditative memoir - an exploration of loss, a celebration of discovering connections and a moving account of one woman’s efforts to make her family whole. (Excerpt from a Booklist Review)