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The Silence of Trees by Valya Dudycz Lupescu
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Mar 28, 2012

really liked it

This book has many similarities to the Lost Wife in that both talk about lost loves and the memories and horrors of World War II and how each of the main characters has to settle or compromise in order to get on with her life. This book details the compromises that the protagonist makes and how she raises her family while yearning for the life she left behind. Details about the culture and foods of Ukraine abound but the essential theme of the novel is how sharing your history will help you grow and give your family roots. The bits of magical realism added some zest. I was disappointed that more of the Chicago setting did not play a role in the tale.

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