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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.
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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
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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
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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