Snow Moon Rising

Snow Moon Rising

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by Lori L. Lake
     
 

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Mischka Gallo, a proud Roma woman, knows horses, dancing, and travel. Every day since her birth, she and her extended family have been on the road in their vardo wagons meandering through Poland and Germany. She learned early to ignore the taunts and insults of all those who call her people "Gypsies" and do not understand their close-knit society and way of life.

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Mischka Gallo, a proud Roma woman, knows horses, dancing, and travel. Every day since her birth, she and her extended family have been on the road in their vardo wagons meandering through Poland and Germany. She learned early to ignore the taunts and insults of all those who call her people "Gypsies" and do not understand their close-knit society and way of life.

Pauline "Pippi" Stanek has lived a settled life in a small German town along the eastern border of Poland and Germany. In her mid-teens, she meets Mischka and her family through her brother, Emil Stanek, a World War I soldier who went AWOL and was adopted by Mischka's troupe. Mischka and Pippi become fast friends, and they keep in touch over the years. But then, the Second World War heats up, and all of Europe is in turmoil. Men are conscripted into the Axis or the Allied armies, "undesirables" are turned over to slave labor camps, and with every day that passes, the danger for Mischka, Emil, and their families increases. The Nazi forces will not stop until they've rounded up and destroyed every Gypsy, Jew, dissident, and homosexual. On the run and separated from her family, Mischka can hardly comprehend the obstacles that face her. When she is captured, she must use all her wits just to stay alive. Can Mischka survive through the hell of the war in Europe and find her family?

In a world beset by war, two women on either side of the conflagration breach the divide - and save one another. Snow Moon Rising is a stunning novel of two women's enduring love and friendship across family, clan, and cultural barriers. It's a novel of desperation and honor, hope and fear at a time when the world was split into a million pieces.

Editorial Reviews

Books To Watch Out For - Suzanne Corson
Spanning from World War I through the dismantling of the Berlin Wall, Snow Moon Rising follows Mischka Gallo and her Roma family�from Poland in 1918 to New York City in 1989. [The novel] brings the traditions and tragedies of the Roma to life as well as provides a look at their struggles as immigrants in the United States. The author has done her homework, and her use of flashback, symbolism, and sociopolitical observation serve this engaging novel well.
OUT in Jersey - Ruth Sims
Author Lori L. Lake has created something rare with Snow Moon Rising: a boldly written, meticulously researched book that will take your soul, wring it dry, make you cry, and make you think. Snow Moon Rising covers 70 years in the life of Mischka Gallo, a Polish Roma or Gypsy, from the free but hard life of the traveling caravan through the manmade hell of a Nazi work camp, to life as a refugee in New York without even a name that is her own, to coming together with her one true love.
JustAboutWrite.com - Nann Dunne
Snow Moon Rising provides nail-biting action, strong emotional impact, and a judicious balance of suspense and breathing space. People of older generations will remember the era and relate closely to it, but Snow Moon Rising should appeal to anyone with an appreciation of history, belief in the sustaining power of love, and a vested interest in tearing down the walls of prejudice.
StoryCircleBookReviews.org - Story Circle
Many fictional stories are based on the atrocities of Hitler's regime, but Lori L. Lake uses an uncommon perspective, telling the story from the Roma and German point of view, and then adding a refreshing twist... Lake succeeds in writing an emotionally charged, action-packed, and authentic story. Her tight, crisp narrative flows seamlessly as Mishka, at eighty, recounts her life's experiences.
Suzanne Corson
Spanning from World War I through the dismantling of the Berlin Wall, Snow Moon Rising follows Mischka Gallo and her Roma family…from Poland in 1918 to New York City in 1989. [The novel] brings the traditions and tragedies of the Roma to life as well as provides a look at their struggles as immigrants in the United States. The author has done her homework, and her use of flashback, symbolism, and sociopolitical observation serve this engaging novel well.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012105783
Publisher:
Launch Point Press
Publication date:
11/05/2006
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
368
File size:
402 KB

Meet the Author

Lori L. Lake is the award-winning author of numerous novels and collections of short stories and anthologies. She is a 2007 recipient of the Alice B. Reader Appreciation Award, and in addition to a 2005 Lambda Literary Finalist in the anthology category, Lori has been the recipient of nine Stonewall Society Literary Awards. Have Gun We'll Travel was a 2006 Golden Crown Literary Award Finalist, and in 2007 she won the Ann Bannon Popular Choice Award and a Golden Crown Literary Award for Snow Moon Rising. Lori lived in Minnesota for 26 years but re-located to Portland, Oregon, in 2009. She presents seminars and workshops on writing topics such as character building, plot, the writing process, the writing life, mystery structure, and form and structure in the modern novel. When she's not working at her computer, you can find her at the local movie house, singing with the Portland Lesbian Choir, or curled up in a chair reading. Lori very much likes to hear from her readers. You can find out more about her via her website: www.LoriLLake.com.

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Snow Moon Rising 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
sdsand More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite books, ever. Lake gives us an intimate portrait of a time and culture, and an adventure to remember.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good, but add these total drama characters: Izzy owen mike zoey lightning duncan jo brick gwen trent harold and cameron. Thanks!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Calvin threw himself on the bed. Hobbes stretched out next to him. "Have you ever noticed how time flies when you're having fun, but when you look back on what you've done, you realize, 'That wasn't fun at all! It was like throwing bananas from a tree!' Soon enough, it's dark and you have to go to bed!" Hobbes groaned, sad that Calvin's mom wasn't doing laundry. "I still have banana in my fur." <br> "But that G.R.O.S.S meeting was so fun! Imagine Susie, she has bananas in her hair and her coat!" Hobbes laughed. "True, true. But I would enjoy a tuna sandwich in my fur, rather than banana." <br> "CALVIN! BEDTIME!" Calvin's mom called. Calvin, who was exhausted, fell asleep. <p> Pinkie bounced around. "Go Gummy, it's your birthday! Go Gummy, it's your birthday!" Everypony was having fun at Pinkie's Gigantic Gummy Gumbubble Party, but as the party ended and even Sweetie Belle, who was a natural party animal and sang most of the solos, was leaning and striving to keep her eyes open, everypony left. Man, was Pinkie tired. She took Gummy, and collapsed on the bed. <p> Mario flew through the observatory, his white gloves glowing red while he aimed. Past the Engine Room, up to the Garden, over the Kitchen, down to the bedroom, swerve over the Terrace, and back to Rosalina. "Are you ready to fly to the center of the universe?" Mario nodded. "Go, Mario. The fate of the universe is in your hands." As she blasted him away, Mario fell asleep. <p> There are many more, my friends. If I showed them all, my "characters remaining" thing would say -600!
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Sage320 More than 1 year ago
Lori Lake has crafted an epic work that deals with one of the most tragic periods in recent times, yet there is a warmth to the story that keeps it from being a heavy handed or depressing. Mischka Gallo is a member of a Roma troupe that is traveling through Poland and Germany in the closing years of World War I when the story opens. The Roma are a despised minority that suffer from stereotypes and prejudice from people who call them "Gypsies." Inside the troupe however is a loving environment of family members and friends who care for each other deeply and live by the code of an ancient culture. Into this stumbles Emil, a shell-shocked German soldier who has run from battle and wants nothing more than to put the killing behind him. As Emil is welcomed into the group he begins to learn how misunderstood these people are and he adopts this new lifestyle. Eventually, Emil introduces Mischka to his sister Pauline "Pippi" Stanek. Thus begins a friendship that will see the women through the rest of their lives. They know that they share a connection that isn't broken even when there are long separations. Eventually, the world of the Roma is torn to pieces with the onset of World War II and the arrival of the perverted theories and practices of the Nazis. Mischka will end up in a forced labor camp as a prisoner where she is reunited with Pippi who has been ordered to report there as a supervisor. The women will struggle to survive and defeat the brutality of their captors in any way they can. The end of the war will find them separated again until they reunite years later in the US and discover that their relationship may be one of much more than friendship. Lake has done a masterful job in creating the atmospheres of the different periods in the book. The life in the Roma camp is warm and funny, with strong friendships and passionate loves. Lake paints a terrific picture of Roma culture for anyone who is not familiar with it. The most wrenching scenes come when Mischka is captured by the Nazis, shipped in a crowded railroad car to the work camp and then the events in the camp. For anyone who is not familiar with what happened in these places, the descriptions are harrowing and accurate. Lake's attention to detail makes this book rich with information. Yet the book is not heavy handed or depressing. There are sad scenes, but the warmth of the people and the strength of the relationship between Mischka and Pippi carries the reader past those. This is not a "typical" lesbian novel. There are no passionate love scenes or women chasing after each other. There hasn't been a lot of talk about the book on the lesbian fiction sites and that's unfortunate. People are missing an excellent opportunity if they are skipping over this book. This is a story of family, friendship, tradition and the evil that humans can do to each other. While the reader enjoys a good story, there is also a great history lesson being taught. That's the best way to do it. Snow Moon Rising should be on everyone's must read list.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With SNOW MOON RISING author Lori L. Lake has created something rare: a boldly written, meticulously researched book that will take your soul, wring it dry, make you cry, and make you think. SNOW MOON RISING covers seventy years in the life of Mischka Gallo, a Polish Roma (Gypsy), from the free but hard life of the traveling caravan through the manmade hell of a Nazi work camp, to life as a refugee in New York without even a name that is her own, to coming together with her one true love in middle age. SNOW MOON RISING is masterful, a word I do not use lightly. The story recreates the world of the Roma, who were among the forgotten victims of the Holocaust. The author has structured the book in a 'bookend' style, which goes back and forth between 1989 and the years between and during the two world wars. The 'bookend' structure diminishes some of the suspense, but it lets the reader make it through the horrible things that happen because you know that Mischka survives. The book begins with Mischka, at eighty, talking to fifteen-year-old Tobar, her grandson in every way except biologically. Tobar is a typical American teenager who is unhappy about his life and hates his name. Then Mischka draws him into the story about his name and his heritage. It is a story Tobar--and the reader--will never forget. Though Lori Lake is well known among readers of Lesbian books for her 'Gun' series, this story of human vitality and courage will win her a legion of new fans.