By Inara Verzemnieks
“Extraordinarily delicate and finely wrought.” — Eliza Griswold, writer of The 10th Parallel
“It’s lengthy been assumed of the sector the place my grandmother was once born…that at some point soon every year the lifeless will come home,” Inara Verzemnieks writes during this beautiful tale of battle, exile, and reconnection. Her grandmother’s tales recalled one actual domestic: the family members farm left in the back of in Latvia, the place, in the course of WWII, her grandmother Livija and her grandmother’s sister, Ausma, have been separated. they wouldn't see one another back for greater than 50 years. Raised through her grandparents in Washington kingdom, Inara grew up between expatriates, scattering smuggled Latvian sand over the coffins of the useless, making a song folks songs a couple of land she had by no means visited.
When Inara discovers the headband Livija wore while she left domestic, in a field of her grandmother’s assets, this tangible remnant of the earlier issues the way in which again to the distant village the place her relatives broke aside. There it really is acknowledged the droop their exile every year for a pilgrimage via forests and fields to the houses they left in the back of. Coming to understand Ausma and the trauma of her exile to Siberia less than Stalin, Inara items jointly Livija’s survival via years as a refugee. Weaving those components of the kinfolk tale jointly in spellbinding, lyrical prose, she provides us a profound and cathartic account of loss, survival, resilience, and love.
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Among the Living and the Dead: A Tale of Exile and Homecoming by Inara Verzemnieks