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My Father Never Walked on Water

D’amour D Nordkvist

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Luck strikes a small Rwandan village with the birth of a boy. Despite humble means, his protective and ambitious parents will do anything to help their son succeed in life. He is on the path to becoming a priest, but danger lurks in the backyard. Ghosts, snakes, soldiers, pretty girls and the young boy’s own curiosity are all ready to snatch away the prospect of a good future.

This is a tale of adventure and an invitation to experience half a lifetime of human emotion and turbulence. We find ourselves hiding in the green hills of Rwanda during the civil war, taken visa-less across the border into the Democratic Republic of Congo, and on a first ever flight — to the unknown land of China.

But  this journey stretches further than three continents. It explores the parent-child relationship when the new generation moves on, not only to another country but also to another world of opportunities. It presents us with the dilemma of following others’ or our own sense of adventure, and the question of success being the result of hard work or luck.

D'amour Nordkvist

D'amour Nordkvist


D’amour Nordkvist was born and raised in rural Rwanda. As a young boy, he survived the civil war and the genocide, although this interrupted his studies to become a priest. He received a scholarship to study economics at Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, China, to finally end up in the small town of Kil in the Swedish region of Värmland, where he now lives and raises his daughter.

D’amour is the author of My Father Never Walked on Water.

An exceptional story about an exceptional person

As a child, D’amour dreamt of becoming a priest.
During his first year in China, D’amour focused on learning the language, involving taking part in a singing competition.
Due to the cold weather in Sweden, D’amour struggled with time management. The first year, he was always late.
Trying ice hockey for the first – and last – time.

Sample chapter (English edition)