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Hiding in the Spotlight by Greg Dawson
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Nov 09, 2011

it was amazing
Read in September, 2011

This is an amazing story not only of survival, but of how the main characters flourished by holding onto the hope and strength they learned from their family before tragedy finally struck.

I appreciated how the author's style of writing helps drive home that this is an uplifting story, in spite of the horrors of the war. He switches between his own narrative and Zhanna's own powerful, matter-of-fact words. Any discussion of the political and historical background further highlights the improbability of the girls' perseverance.

One of the most amazing pieces to this story is that Zhanna's children didn't know any of it until they were adults. She shielded them from the weight of her personal history, defining her family instead by her strength, hope, and passion for the arts, just as her father did for his children.

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