This excellent coming of age story spans two continents and several generations. Based on true events, the story begins with the armed resistance of Lithuanians against Soviet occupation in the 1940s, a struggle that will resonate with many people around the world today. After losing her parents in this “invisible war”, the story’s heroine is able to escape to Poland and then to New York City, where she and then her children grow up. And they grow up and look to find their way in the tumultuous 60s, 70s and 80s against the backdrop of social change, new opportunities for women, and the drug culture – and with the tragic legacy of their home country. Finally, as Lithuania begins to regain its independence in the late 1980s, the characters come to terms with life in their new country, the possibilities of returning to their old country, and their strong but challenging family relationships. The story is gripping, personal and ultimately insightful and rewarding.
About the Author:
Laima Vince earned a MFA in Writing from Columbia University School of the Arts and MFA in Nonfiction from the University of New hampshire. She has written four works of creative nonfiction, seven plays, two chapter books for children, and a collection of poetry. She is widely known as a translator of Lithuanian literature into English. Laima Vince has been awarded two Fulbrights in Creative Writing and a National Endowment for the Arts grant in Literature.