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Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
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Oct 12, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: historical-fiction
Read from October 12, 2011 to November 18, 2012

I've never read much about Stalin's "cleansing" of the educated and so-called dissidents in Russia and the Baltic states. This was, as are all accounts of holocausts, eye-opening and upsetting and, yes, important. I was most appalled to realize that many of these prisoners were held for 12-15 years in labor camps in Siberia. Fifteen years!

That said, I wish there had been more of the account detailing their lives after they arrived in Siberia. What was life like for the ensuing 10 years? The same horrors for years on end? Or did things become more "normal" as they settled into lives and villages? I felt moderately dissatisfied by the ending, but was moved nonetheless.

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