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Good Morning Diego Garcia: A Voyage of Discovery

323 pages4 hours


You’re young, living comfortably in southern California. You’re financially secure, though you don’t know why or how. Your husband simply ignores you when you ask too many questions. He’s hoping for another job overseas, doing something. You’re not sure what, but you suspect it’s not what he says.

You marriage is shaky. You survived a war in Cyprus together, lost everything. Now you’re basically biding time.

A letter arrives from friends in Cyprus, now sailing a new yacht from Taiwan to Europe for a Swedish millionaire. You’re invited to join them in Sri Lanka, as crew. Neither of you knows boats, but you’ll learn — the trip of a lifetime, cruising the Indian Ocean in a pleasure yacht!

And, it turns out, in monsoon season. With no charts. And an emotionally unstable crewmate. What could possibly go wrong?

Good Morning Diego Garcia tells one woman’s harrowing experience of physical and emotional horror in the brutal sea. As the boat falls apart in storm after storm, so does the crew’s sanity. But for the author, the shifting reality opens her to extraordinary perceptions, and makes her more resilient. Stranded on coral at the infamous Diego Garcia military base, they are reluctantly rescued, their boat repaired, and sent on their way to the Seychelles. All the while she keeps a journal, including her dreams.

Their arrival in India came as Prime Minister Indira Ghandi declared “The Emergency” in June 1975, and their return to fly back to the United States a few months later takes them to the radically-changed landscape of India during one of its darkest moments.

Less than two years later, they are in Brussels, and one particularly lucid dream about her husband comes close to being her last.

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