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Old New Worlds: A Tale of Two Immigrants

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Old New Worlds intertwines the immigrant stories of the author and her great-great grandmother. Sarah Barker and her new husband sail from England in 1815 to minister to the indigenous Khoihoi in South Africa’s Eastern Cape. In the midst of conflict, illness, and natural disasters, Sarah bears sixteen children. Two hundred years later, Judith leaves post apartheid South Af ...more
Hardcover, 360 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by Green Place Books
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Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So much is lost when we close borders and build walls. Not only those left on the other side but all those people and circumstances that forged them. A personal story of immigration. A general story about what makes (made?) this country so unique. Brilliant on both levels.
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Judith Krummeck writes with thoughtful detail as she recreates the life of her great-great grandmother's voyage from England to South Africa, comparing to what Sarah's thoughts may have been as Krummeck chronicles her story moving from South Africa to America. She writes about apartheid, colonization, and discrimination in America, the realties of Sarah's life in the 1800s, the logistics of emigrating in the 20th century, and what it means to have roots.

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Kelly Buchanan
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
A fascinating family story of heartbreak, hope, and healing that follows two remarkable women who make the momentous decision to uproot their lives to follow dreams in new lands as immigrants. Krummeck elegantly tells the story of her 19th-century ancestor Sarah Barker as she accompanies her missionary husband to do his work in South Africa. Alongside this, Krummeck's own story to leave South Africa for the U.S. at the tail end of the next century unfolds with great emotional depth and honesty. ...more
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a marvelous family history. Judith Krummeck wrote a beautiful, lyrical and most interesting book about two strong immigrant women who left behind their past lives to forge new ones in new lands. I was especially impressed with the amount of detail and research done by the author and how she was able to juxtapose the problems of the past with those of the present.

The author brought insight to the problems that Sarah and George Barker faced living and ministering to the Khoikhoi people of Sou
Lauren Davis
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Judith Krummeck's book is brimming with history - both international and personal - and brings to life her ancestors in a way that makes totally unrelated people such as myself care about them in the way that you care about characters in your favorite novel. Using her knowledge of her homeland South Africa's turbulent history, diaries and letters of her great-great-grandfather, genealogy, and family stories, Krummeck is able to recreate the life of her great-great-grandmother, albeit with some l ...more
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Promoted it, love it and completely lost myself in its beautiful swirl of history and memory.
B. Morrison
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Subtitled A Tale of Two Immigrants, this book is both a memoir and an historical reimagining. In February of 1815 Sarah Barker, formerly a servant, and her new husband George, a missionary, set sail from Portsmouth, England bound for South Africa.

Whatever we may think of missionaries and colonialism today, it was an extraordinarily courageous thing to do. It is a brave thing to embark on a marriage—how much more so when it means leaving behind your country and culture; knowing that you will rar
Phil Wujek
Apr 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I picked up this book because the author is the Evening Drive Time Host for the classical music radio station here in Baltimore. Now that I've read it I can highly recommend this book! I'll just quote the blurb on the back cover. "A missionary's wife leaves Regency England to minister to the Khoikhoi in South Africa. Two hundred years later, her great-great granddaughter leaves Africa to immigrate to the United States. Across time and place, two immigrant stories begin to touch and entwine." Tha ...more
Caroline Griffin
Mar 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Judith Krummeck is a gifted and eloquent writer who transports us on the 19th century journey of her ancestors from England to South Africa. Like a double helix, she weaves her own 20th century journey from South Africa to the United States. Her vivid prose is gripping and her insights into the brutality of apartheid and racism are profound. Inevitably, her readers cannot help but ponder the challenges their own ancestors faced when immigrating to the United States. She reminds us of the fortitu ...more
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Judith Krummeck is a writer, broadcaster, and immigrant living in America. She is the author of the biographical memoir, "Old New Worlds," and a collection of essays, "Beyond the Baobab," about her immigrant experience. Her work has also appeared in publications such The Rumpus, The Nervous Breakdown, Monkeybicycle, Atticus Review, and Baltimore Fishbowl. Since emigrating from Africa to the United ...more

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