When Knisley’s elderly grandparents sign up for a Caribbean cruise, her family want some one to go with them, as they require constant care. Knisley volunteers, knowing that she doesn’t have a lot of time left to spend with them. The job, however, will be extremely difficult, dealing with the deterioration of both her grandparents’ mental and physical health.
This is my fourth book by Knisley. While I was slightly disappointed with the last one, I adored her first two, and the moment I read the description of Displacement, I knew I would love it too. (Short review: I did.)
I’ve been on two cruises, both through the Caribbean. Both times, it wasn’t the cruise itself I was interested in, but the locations the cruises traveled to. I would have loved to be able to travel to all those places without the touristy claptrap of a cruise, but yeah…can’t afford it…so I did the whole travel-light thing. This meant that while I enjoyed seeing all those places, I was also intensely aware of the whole mall/casino-on-a-boat feel. I loved some things, hated some things, laughed at a lot of things, and, well, raised my eyebrows a lot. And nearly everything I experienced, Knisley addressed in one way or another in Displacement.
I laughed my way all through this book, and got teary in places as well. Knisley did an amazing job of contrasting the absurdity of cruising with the seriousness of taking care of loved ones. Frivolity goes hand in hand with mortality and the impending death of loved ones. An incredibly wide range of emotions was sketched into this one week of travel. This is Knisley at her best. Highly recommended.