The Silence Of Trees

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Overview

Too often the women of history have been silenced,
but their stories have power-
to reveal, to teach, and to transform.
This is one such story.

In Chicago's Ukrainian Village, Nadya Lysenko has built her life on a foundation of secrets.

When Nadya was sixteen, she snuck out of her house in Western Ukraine ...

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Overview

Too often the women of history have been silenced,
but their stories have power-
to reveal, to teach, and to transform.
This is one such story.

In Chicago's Ukrainian Village, Nadya Lysenko has built her life on a foundation of secrets.

When Nadya was sixteen, she snuck out of her house in Western Ukraine to meet a fortuneteller in the woods. Ignoring the threat of Nazis and Russians, Nadya was driven by love and a desire to learn the unknown. She never expected it to be the last time she would see her family.

Years later, Nadya continues to be haunted by the death of her parents and sisters. She clings to her traditions and stories from Ukraine, the only parts of her past that she can share with her family. The myths and magic of Nadya's childhood are still a part of her reality: house spirits misplace keys and glasses, dreams unite friends across time and space, and a fortuneteller's cards predict the future.

Her beloved dead also insist on being heard, through dreams and whispers in the night. They want the truth to come out. Nadya needs to face her past and confront the secrets she buried within-THE SILENCE OF TREES.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780982126127
  • Publisher: Wolfsword Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Pages: 302
  • Sales rank: 628,054
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

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  • Posted September 28, 2011

    heartwrenching and heartwarming!

    i couldn't put this book down!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 16, 2011

    Wonderful story!

    Rich characters, real history, vivid descriptions. Read this! I can't wait for the authors next book!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 4, 2011

    I cried. I learned. I cared.

    I cried, I learned and I connected with Nadya in this WWII historical novel set in the Ukraine. The author weaved magical realism, faith and Ukrainian myths, superstitions and rituals into a beautiful story. This was a quick read because I could not put it down. Recommended (The e-book is only 99 cents on kindle and nook).

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2010

    Excellent Ukrainian story

    Felt like I was listening to my Babushka talking to me.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 2, 2011

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    One of the best books I've read in a long time!

    THE SILENCE OF TREES By Valya Dudycz Lupescu Women's Fiction Reviewed by Willa Kaye Danes, author at Penumbra Publishing 99-cent Kindle ebook edition The first thing I must say is ... I loved this story. It is one of the best stories I have read in a very long time. It is emotional and magical and mystical and truthful, full of secrets and regrets and fears and, finally, courage - courage to speak. This is a story about women, their voices, their pain, their connection to each other, and their love of family. Although it focuses on Ukrainian culture, it is a story that is so beautifully written, it can resonate with anyone of any nationality and of any age. It is perfect for a book club, to be shared and discussed. The main character, Nadya, is a 70-year-old native of the Ukraine who emigrated to the US (Chicago) as a young wife and mother shortly after World War II. Her story is told in flashbacks and recollections that skip around in a non-chronological fashion that, rather than becoming a confusing mess, creates a carefully woven tapestry of emotional truths with threads of cultural heritage richly highlighting every part of the story. It explains the gap of generations so wonderfully, it should be required reading for every person under the age of 30. While there are reference to war's atrocities, these references lend a realistic perspective to the reflections and attitudes of the characters to further help explain why oftentimes people are reluctant, even afraid, to speak up. There is so much substance in this story, a mere few paragraphs cannot do it justice. Normally I don't expect much from a 99-cent book, but I was joyfully overwhelmed by the quality and beauty of this story. If you haven't read this book, you should do it now! Willa Kaye Danes, author at Penumbra Publishing

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2012

    Very entertaining and a fast easy read.

    Memorable charactors with a taste of european values. A picture of what it was like to leave everything behind and start a new life after the horrors of war. I liked the style of intermingling the past with the present. This book would offer good discussions for book clubs.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 10, 2012

    I picked this up not really knowing what to expect, and was prof

    I picked this up not really knowing what to expect, and was profoundly delighted by the experience of reading it. A talented writer with such an eye for character that it's astounding. One caveat: the first three chapters seem as if they should actually be moved to about 3/4 of the way into the novel, as they are actually the climax, and I feel the reader is startled by reading them first and then discovering the rest of the novel takes place about 50 years later. It's a complex book, with a lot of weaving back and forth through time, but that said, the read is so rewarding. It's about life, loves lost, loves found, family, traditional values, fear, and war. Honestly, I think that if you pick this book up you're going to be very pleasantly surprised. It's worth it for the evocative language alone, but you'll fall for the character and keep reading because of the driving narrative and the depth of feeling. An excellent debut from a gifted writer.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 18, 2012

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    This review is for the audiobook but is still about how much I l

    This review is for the audiobook but is still about how much I loved this book!
    This book is beautiful and mesmerizing, heartbreaking and uplifting all at the same time. I love the superstitions interwoven into the story and how storytelling is so important to the Ukrainian people.

    Nadya is 70 years old but still haunted by events in the Ukraine that happened during WWII when she was really a mere child. But this is also about family and the things we keep to ourselves and the things we think others don’t know and how that affects how we live our lives and the relationships we have.

    I love that you think Nadya & Pavlov’s relationship is one thing and then as the story unfolds you realize it is something completely different. Ugh how can I explain how this made me feel without spoilers let’s just say with the way it starts out I didn’t expect it to progress as it did. Oh my goodness Pavlov was so not what I expected him to be from the first half of the book. The way I felt about Pavlov was like a rollercoaster ride.

    Oh Nadya I just want to hug you and tell you to let things go, explain your life to your children let them really know you and allow yourself to be happy!

    I loved the Ukrainian folklore and the holiday rituals in this book and it made me want to do research to incorporate some of these into my own holidays especially the parts about honoring your ancestors it was so beautiful!

    The first part of this review is thoughts and feelings I had as I was listening to it. This book evoked such emotion and the narration by Xe Sands brought those emotions through beautifully, the combination of Valya’s writing and Xe’s narration is so great both story and narration are lyrical. Xe’s soft delivery lends beautifully to the written word.

    If you can’t tell already I loved this book so much I will be buying the paper book for my public library and if there is ever a cd version I will buy that for the library too. I would recommend this for a book club selection too, I think it would bring about great discussions and if you are a book club that does food and the like from the books you read this one would be perfect for that.

    When I was finished I wanted to hit play and start it all over again! I think this book, Nadya and the traditions are something I will think about long after I am done. I also look forward to reading more by this author.

    I highly recommend this book!

    5 Stars

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