Among the Living and the Dead: A Tale of Exile and Homecoming on the War Roads of Europe by Inara Verzemnieks

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Read Among the Living and the Dead: A Tale of Exile and Homecoming on the War Roads of Europe Online Free - Raised by her Latvian grandparents in Washington State, Inara Verzemnieks grew up among expatriates, scattering smuggled Latvian sand over the coffins of the dead, singing folk songs with other children about a land none of them had visited. Her grandmother’s stories re-created in vivid, nostalgic detail the family farm she’d left behind in a borderland violently contested during the Second World War. In the fighting, her grandmother Livija and her grandmother’s sister, Ausma, were separated and would not see each other again for more than fifty years.

Journeying back to the remote village where her family broke apart, Inara comes to know Ausma and the trauma of her exile to Siberia under Stalin, while reconstructing Livija’s survival through her years as a refugee. In bringing together these two sides of the family story, Inara honors both sisters in a deeply cathartic and moving account of loss, survival, resilience, and love.

Title : Among the Living and the Dead: A Tale of Exile and Homecoming on the War Roads of Europe
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ISBN : 039324511X
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 288 pages


Michael rated it ★★★★☆

June 14, 2017

Amazing book. amazing story! This book is so well written and calls on so many emotions. I love how the story is intertwined and makes you feel you are there experiencing/seeing/smelling what is being described. This is a fantastic telling of a incredible story. I highly recommend this book. I wo...

Megan rated it ★★★★☆

July 11, 2017

I received an advanced reader's copy and I loved this book. I felt the emotions and passion of the author in this story. The writing reminds me of Garcia Marquez! I would recommend this book.

Rhonda rated it ★★★★☆

July 12, 2017

An emotional beautifully written life story.We are drawn into the authors life traumas world an amazing tale.

Nancy rated it ★★★★★

July 23, 2017

Inara Verzemnieks writes of her family, both those in Washington State and in Latvia. She writes with the depth of one who, along with the comics her grandmother read to her, has absorbed family history and the songs, dances and myths of her heritage. With her, we experience the wartime tearing a...

Scott rated it ★★★★☆

August 16, 2017

Beautiful book about a Latvian family and their ties to their family farm, and the impact on the family of WWII. they brought, "bottles of Black Balsam, Latvia's national liquor, a drink that tastes as if one is alternately tonguing the unfurled buds of trees, then their hot pitch. It's revered fo...

DeAnn rated it ★★★★★

July 28, 2017

I cannot say enough how beautiful this book is. I was blown away by "Among the Living and the Dead" -- in how personal yet universal it is, in how frank but sensitive, in much she can fit into so few words, in how real and now she was able to make this little-known history feel. And, as one audie...

Kate rated it ★★★★★

August 08, 2017

This is one of the very best things I have ever read. We should all be so lucky as to have someone tell our stories like this.

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