Yvonne Caputo has been a storyteller all her life. As a teacher, psychotherapist, corporate trainer, and consultant, she’s used stories to widen the eyes of her students, soften the pain in the hearts of her clients, and bring a point home for her audience.
She has a masters degree in education and psychology, loves history and traveling, and lives in rural southeastern Pennsylvania with her husband and dog.
Flying With Dad is Yvonne's first book.
As a father, Michael Caputo could be distant and brusque.
Growing up, Yvonne and her siblings had a roof over their heads and meals on the table. But Yvonne wanted more.
...Yvonne Caputo charts her journey to her father through the re-telling of the stories
he told to her during two years of weekly phone calls.
As she learned to meet him where he was,
instead of where she wanted him to be,
the result was intimacy, deep abiding respect, and a no-regrets final goodbye.
...Yvonne’s relationship with this ordinary and extraordinary man
continues to blossom: in the milky contrails 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.
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 very relatable. For anyone who had a difficult relationship with their silent generation dad, this will be a comfortable 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.
...a nuanced and authentic 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 forever changed by it.
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 Flying with Dad — as readers will too.