Sofia's Story: The Shattered Seeds

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This is the author's current edition of her debut novel, SHATTERED SEEDS:"SOFIA'S STORY, self-published for the first time 20 March 2011 at createspace.com. She retired the novel in each of its previous editions except the one included as the first volume in her new collection of stories about immigrants to the America during various times in history, which she titled ANEW, THE SCATTERED SEEDS.

Although born on different continents and at different times in the 20th Century, the...

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Overview

This is the author's current edition of her debut novel, SHATTERED SEEDS:"SOFIA'S STORY, self-published for the first time 20 March 2011 at createspace.com. She retired the novel in each of its previous editions except the one included as the first volume in her new collection of stories about immigrants to the America during various times in history, which she titled ANEW, THE SCATTERED SEEDS.

Although born on different continents and at different times in the 20th Century, the two main characters in SOFIA'S STORY, THE SHATTERED SEEDS have a commonality - both are writers and both are immigrants to America. The novel opens in 2008. Thirty-something Janene McDeenon, a writer/editor of a magazine in Atlanta, is traveling to Pittsburgh to interview a famous writer, Sofia Blackburn-Anderson (pen named 'Sophie Simon') for an article on "Adoption in America" that she is writing for a magazine. Sofia established the largest chain of worldwide adoption centers for needy children, W.O.O.Q (World Organization of Quilts) and Janene found her during her research on the internet. Orphaned in infancy in S. Vietnam and adopted by a loving American couple in 1972, Janene is the mixed race daughter of a Vietnamese woman and an African American soldier. She hopes the current assignment will also help in her personal search to find her biological family, especially her Vietnamese mother. Raised in Atlanta, she had little contact with others of her race. On the other hand, Sofia was born in Berlin in 1919 and raised with the many traditions of her German family. Once married to a Nazi Officer in an arranged marriage, she ran away from her evil husband in 1944, a flight that shattered her life, taking away everyone and everything she ever loved. Consequently, she denounced all ties to her heritage, vowing never again to acknowledge that she was a German.

Strangers, Sofia sets the tone for Janene's interview by reciting one story after another about her life, including the fact that she believes that Janene is actually her long lost granddaughter. Janene doesn't know what to believe, but as she listens to Sofia recite stories as if she is reading them from a script, she forms a bond that transpires Time and the distance of three continents. Sofia asks Janene to be her guest at her mansion and the meeting becomes a weekend of marathon story telling in which Janene also shares hopes and aspirations for the future, including finding her Vietnamese mother. Sofia promises to help Janene in her search. In ill health and facing death, Sofia secretly hopes to find the proper disposition for the one item in her vast estate she values most, her beloved Oma's quilt. The quilt is her only relic of her German heritage and, after many years of denying it, she wants to put her affairs in order before she dies and embrace her German roots one last time.

A story within a story, Sofia tells about her tragic but triumphant life, sharing tales about her German family, farmers outside of Berlin who became homeless after losing fields due to the economic conditions in Germany after their loss of WWI. Although Janene knows nothing about her Vietnamese ancestors, the plot eventually reveals that Janene's maternal ancestors were also farmers in the rice paddies of Vietnam until the Viet Cong destroyed the village. This explains the author's selection of the title, comparing the process of prematurely 'shattering' the seeds of plants to destroying the genes of another generation of humans through the practices of war.

UPDATE: These are the links to the createspace estore for the three books in THE SCATTERED SEEDS COLLECTION:
A Memory for Mirry www.createspace.com/4453454
Darby's Road www.createspace.com/4003867
ANEW www.createspace.com/3987443

ALSO, please visit the author's website for information about all of the books (now 3) in the Collection. www.clugallagher.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781495446139
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/10/2014
  • Pages: 292
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

MAURA CLU GALLAGHER was born Maura Patricia English in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania in 1947. Educated and raised in Pennsylvania, she is a late bloomer to the literary world, publishing her first novel in March 2011 at the age of sixty-four. A former Elementary Art Teacher in the Pittsburgh Public Schools, Woodland Hills School District, and the Wilkinsburg School District, illness forced an early retirement in 2001. She and her husband of forty years continue to live in southwestern Pennsylvania while sharing time in their 'home-away-from-home', Ocean City, Maryland.

More: http://www.clugallagher.com/

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