The Avid Reader is proud to welcome author Mieke Eerkens and her debut work of nonfiction, All Ships Follow Me, in-store on Friday, May 31th at 7:30 p.m.
More about All Ships Follow Me:
Eerkens' volume presents a deeply personal, sweeping saga of the wounds of war and reveals the way trauma can be passed down through generations. It moves from Indonesia to the Netherlands to the United States, and spans generations, as the author recounts her parents’ lives during and just after the war and travels with them in the present day to the sites of their childhood in an attempt to understand their experiences and how it formed them. It focuses on Eerkens’ parents traumatic experiences during World War II with her father and his family being interned a concentration camp for three years, and her mother being left on the streets after the war when her parents imprisoned as Nazi sympathizers. It outlines Eerkens’ parents’ meeting, marrying, and moving to California; where she and her siblings were born. In this portion of the narrative, Eerkens shows the continuing effects of the war on her parents daily lives and in the lives of their children. Finally, it recounts the revisiting of sites of the Second World War that had such a long-lasting impact on all members of the family over all their lifetimes.
More about Mieke Eerkens:
Mieke Eerkens writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Creative Nonfiction, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Guernica, among others. She earned an M.A. in English from Leiden University in the Netherlands, and an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa. Eerkens teaches creative writing online for UCLA Extension's Writers' Program and as a visiting instructor for the Iowa Summer Writing Program. She divides her time between Amsterdam and California.