Anna: Going to America by Deanna J. (Dragunas) Bennett
© 2013 CreateSpace Independent Publicationing Platform, North Charleston, South Carolina
ISBN-13: 978-1482069075. ISBN-10: 1482069075
Hardcover | 6″ x 9″ | 324 Pages
Author Deanna J. (Dragunas) Bennett’s new novel is the first book in a planned trilogy. The book immerses the reader in the American immigrant experiences of a young girl as she and her mother endure the hardships of rail travel across Europe and a voyage across the Atlantic in steerage class. Anna is a 15-year-old Lithuanian country girl who immigrates to America in 1914 with her stern mother. They are the last of their immediate family to leave their native country to join Anna’s brothers and sisters in America. Along the way, Anna learns the disturbing secret about her absent father and endures her mother’s efforts to protect her from the heartaches that come from love. Moral dilemmas propel Anna toward adulthood as a man stalks her, a ship’s steward woos her and a priest becomes a father figure who counsels her. Anna learns that life is not always black and white and that a lie can be both a mercy and a burden. Before the ship reaches Ellis Island, Anna’s cleverness about a shipboard tragedy puts her life at risk.
About the Author: All of Deanna J. (Dragunas) Bennett’s grandparents emigrated from Lithuania to the Waukegan, Illinois neighborhood near St. Bartholomew Church where she grew up. This novel is inspired by her grandmother Anna’s immigration.
Bennett has Published management, technical and fine arts articles and short stories. Deanna has a BA in Economics from the University of Chicago and master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. She lives in Palm Harbor , Florida.