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When Luba Leaves Home: Stories

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Luba lives with her parents in a Chicago neighborhood full of others like themselves-immigrants from Ukraine. Her parents want only two things: to enjoy a new life in America and to hold on to the old ways-the church, the language, the traditions-of Ukrainian culture. They want these things for Luba, too.

Luba wants only the first part of their wish. She wants to leave her
Paperback, 200 pages
Published April 11th 2003 by A Shannon Ravenel Book (first published 2003)
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Erma Odrach
Nov 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
A collection of connected stories of Ukrainian DP's (displaced persons) living in a 1960's Chicago ghetto neighborhood. Luba Vovkovych tries to break free from her immigrant status and fit into the American way of life. She changes her name from Luba to Linda, wears white lipstick, and uses an army surplus bag for her school books.

But she and the other characters are forever connected to their troubled Ukrainian history, sometimes via dark humor. When Monsignor Sachko declares that his
Jun 25, 2010 rated it liked it
An interesting collection of anecdotes about growing up in America as the first generation from post-war Ukrainian immigrants in an urban 1960's neighbourhood. Characters are colourful, and the stories are humorous, poignant, and sometimes quite powerful.
Oct 17, 2007 rated it liked it
A nice collection of short stories---revolving around the 1960s Ukrainian community in Chicago mostly populated by people displaced by World War II who immigrated to America---narrated by a young female coed at a local college who lives in the neighborhood and hangs out with her friends at a local bar. The stories are a bit uneven, though several were very nice, such as "Last Boat" and "The Celebrity." I liked the one about her car. The stories spoke to me because certain images came to mind, ...more
Apr 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Luba, hoping to become more American herself, is determined to break free of her (Ukrainian) Post-war Displaced Persons status. In Chicago's Ukrainian village, she yearns for freedom and the ability to flee her stifling culture and the "old ways" of her parents.

From the inside flap of the dustcover jacket:
...a bright new chapter to the classic story of how the children of America's melting pot grow up strong enough to carry their double identities.
I really enjoyed these linked short stories about a girl growing up in Chicago's Ukrainian Village in the 1960s. It's a neighborhood I've visited a number of times, and her descriptions felt right even though the stories take place many years ago. Luba is a very likable character, and her glimpses of life in a DP community are funny and touching.
Aug 13, 2012 rated it liked it
I selected this book based on the protagonist's name, Luba, which was also my paternal grandmother's name, hoping to gain some insight into the mind of the first generation American.I closed the book wishing there were more chapters to absorb.
Aug 06, 2008 rated it did not like it
I quite reading it. It just wasn't interesting any more.
Aug 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Beautiful stories about Ukrainian immigrants in Chicago.
Jul 10, 2012 rated it did not like it
Did not finish. Useless.
Story of a young woman from an immigrant family living in a section of town thats all immigrants. Decision about whether to rebel or follow family traditions.
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The book is described as Lubas journey of getting away from its Ukraine community in Chicago, and how she is happly unsuccessful in such attempt. In a way, I consider that Luba is a representation of the whole community: they are grateful to be in the US and are willing to accept/adapt to the ways of their new country. But deep inside they know that they will forever long for their Old Country, and that after being robed of so much, they will figth to keep their history and traditions alive; ...more
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IRENE ZABYTKO is the author of the novel about Chernobyl THE SKY UNWASHED (a Barnes & Nobel Discover Great New Writers title and New York Times E-Book Bestseller), WHEN LUBA LEAVES HOME (short story collection about her Ukrainian-American Chicago neighborhood), THE FICTION PRESCRIPTION (fiction writing guidebook), and her latest work of fiction, THE MIDWIFE'S TALE: A CHRISTMAS STORY. She's the ...more

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