At 10, she thought Dad's bite was worse than his bark.
At 20, they fought about race.
At 60, she struggled to talk with him about what mattered.
In Flying With Dad, Yvonne Caputo charts her journey to her father through the re-telling of why he went from repairing to flying planes, how heavy German flak led to post-war nightmares, and why he suffered guilt over one particular bombing run.
As she learned to meet him where he was, rather than where she wanted him to be, the result was an intimacy, a deep abiding respect, and a no-regrets final goodbye.
Even after his death, Yvonne’s relationship with this ordinary and extraordinary man continues to blossom: in the milky vapor trails in the sky, the blooms of the Christmas Cactus, and the Blue Jay that appears just as she thinks of another question she’d like to ask her dad.
A DAUGHTER. A FATHER. AND THE concealed GIFTS IN HIS STORIES FROM WORLD WAR II.
<em>Flying with Dad</em> is the moving story of a daughter striving to understand her father and him sharing his harrowing experiences with her as a B-24 navigator in Second World War.
<strong>James Bradley, author, <em>Flags of Our Fathers</em></strong>
Yvonne Caputo’s notable, extended ‘interview’ of her late father, World War II B-24 Navigator Captain Michael Caputo, is a nuanced and genuine window on one man’s personal experience of combat. Beyond enriching the historical record, father and daughter offer welcome insight on the veteran’s humility and stoicism, and how character framed the combatant’s experience of mortal adversity but is also everlasting changed by it.
<strong>Brian Mahoney, World War II researcher and co-author of <em>Reluctant Witness: Memoirs for the Last Year of the European Airwar 1944- 1945</em></strong>
What grabs you in this engrossing family saga is the fierce connection forged slowly between father and daughter — a long, solo journey of small steps carried out with sensitivity and guts. Captivating! The man who loved a good story would appreciate what his daughter has done in <em>Flying with Dad — </em>as readers will too.
<strong>Jane LaTour, author of <em>Sisters in the Brotherhoods: Working Women Organizing for Equality in New York City</em></strong>
Having worked with thousands of clients who long for even one deep conversation with their parent, grandparent, or uncle about their World War II experience, this book will feel extremely relatable. For anyone who had a difficult relationship with their silent generation dad, this will be a comfy and comforting read. If you’re lucky enough to have a World War II relative still living, this might give you the courage to ask the questions you’ve been wanting to ask.
<strong>William L. (Bill) Beigel, author of <em>Buried on the Battlefield: Not My Boy</em></strong>
For anyone who has an interest in the events leading up to and including World War II and beyond, this superb book is a must read. Yvonne Caputo brings everything to life in this extremely moving story.
<strong>David Hastings, former chair of the Second Air Division Memorial Library</strong>
Price 39.99 CAD