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Author Verzemnieks, Inara, author.

Title Among the living and the dead : a tale of exile and homecoming on the war roads of Europe / Inara Verzemnieks.

Edition First edition.
Publication Info. New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2017]
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 95th Street Adult Nonfiction  940.53145 VER    AVAILABLE
 Naper Blvd. Adult Biography  940.53145 VER    AVAILABLE
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Description 282 pages ; 22 cm
Summary 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.
Subject Verzemnieks, Inara -- Family.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Refugees -- Latvia.
Refugees -- Latvia -- Biography.
Latvian Americans -- Biography.
Immigrants -- United States -- Biography.
ISBN 9780393245110
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