One morning Otto finds that his wife of many years, Etta, has gone. There is a note left behind saying, “I’ve gone, I’ve never seen the water, so I’ve gone there. I will try to remember to come back”. Otto and Etta live on a farm in Saskatchewan, far from the sea, but eighty-three year old Etta has set out to walk to the ocean. And although Otto comes to terms with Etta’s decision and decides to wait for her to return, Otto’s long time friend Russell decides that he will search for Etta.
The story is structured to show three different periods of the characters’ lives, from adolescents to old age. They are not told chronologically but have a pattern that helps explain the complexity of emotions and relationships between the three characters.
This is the first novel by Emma Hooper. She plays a variety of instruments and her artistic background with music may have influenced her approach to telling this story. This introspective and heartwarming story about friendship, love and an unusually timed adventure is perfect to read in erratic weather.