New Country, New Life: A Family Memoir

New Country, New Life: A Family Memoir

by Chrystyna Zorych Holman
New Country, New Life: A Family Memoir

New Country, New Life: A Family Memoir

by Chrystyna Zorych Holman


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What is it like to leave behind everything and everyone you've ever known amidst terror, trauma, and war, knowing you will never see them again? How must it feel to come to a strange, new land, and have to build a community from scratch? And what, finally, does it mean to pass on this legacy to your children, and theirs?

The engrossing story of Chrystyna Zorych Holman's family touches on all these questions. As part of the third wave of Ukrainian immigration post-WWII, they came to Canada as refugees. Her parents, both writers and activists, met at a rally for a free and democratic Ukraine-a cause they would champion even after their move to Canada. With their two young children in tow-Chrystyna and her baby sister, Kvitka-they would make the incredible crossing of the Atlantic by boat to start a new life in Manitoba, only narrowly missing the Gulags.

Despite harrowing beginnings, Holman's story is a tale of love, levity, and the beauty of community. Readers young and old will appreciate the intergenerational story she weaves as her family moves from Manitoba to Toronto to Charlottetown, recounting tales of her mother's acerbic wit in dealing with her young students, her father's rebuffs of her potential college beau, or her daughters bonding with her parents through the traditions they brought from home.

Holman's tale involves a wide cast of characters from the Ukrainian-Canadian community that congregated around her family, and speaks to a world of invaluable Ukrainian cultural knowledge-touching on everything from Christmas traditions, embroidery, and pysanky to the poems of women political prisoners in the USSR. It is sure to make a wonderful addition to the shelves of Ukrainian-Canadians interested in their history-or anyone looking for a more intimate sense of the multicultural fabric of Canadian society.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781039184237
Publisher: FriesenPress
Publication date: 11/21/2023
Pages: 186
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.43(d)

About the Author

Chrystyna Zorych Holman is a Ukrainian-Canadian immigrant, author, teacher, mother, and wife. Originally from Mostyska, Ukraine, her family would make the difficult crossing of the Atlantic to flee political strife in their native land as part of a wave of immigration to Canada post-WWII, where her family would go on to build a life-first in Manitoba, then Toronto. Having lived through dramatic circumstances leaving their homeland and establishing life anew, Chrystyna long wished to collect her family's story in one chronicle-for her sake, that of her children, and that of anyone interested in the Ukrainian diaspora in Canada.

Besides having lived through these experiences firsthand, Chrystyna's background as a teacher of students young and old-including teaching newcomers English-has given her a deep appreciation for the multicultural and ethnic fabric of Canadian society and the many ways people come to be part of it. She has travelled all over the world including to Australia, Japan, Ukraine, and China-as part of her teaching work. She holds a Master's Degree in Education.

Chrystyna lives in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island with her husband, Alan, and their frisky, energetic Scottie. Together, they have three daughters, who live in Ontario and Quebec, and two beautiful grandsons. Beyond writing, Chrystyna loves to read, travel, host, and cook-and learn anything new.
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