Maria Sharp was born Maria Zdenka Besan in Croatia in 1941, just after the Nazis had invaded Yugoslavia, and as a young child she witnessed "events that imprinted themselves upon my soul forever". At the age of nine she emigrated to the USA and struggled along with her parents to succeed in the "New World". Years later she married an American and has since written this book for her two grandchildren to explain to them "who they are and how they came to be". The book paints a warm and moving picture of life in Croatia in the first half of the 20th century. It then goes on to describe the horrors of World War II and the subsequent devastating aftermath brought on by the communist regime.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a beautiful memoir. It is a family saga, told as a series of stories covering nearly the entire 20th Century. The tales, some of which are from the author’s memory and others from the family’s oral history, are as a whole simply astonishing. Charming and funny in happy times, they become breath-taking legends of tragedy and survival, especially during World War II and its aftermath, when Croatia came under the Communist government of Yugoslavia. Oh, so many stories, all beautifully told and vividly brought to life by a large collection of author’s family photographs. This is a five star work of a very gifted writer.
What a lovely story. I laughed and cried throughout and couldn't put it down.