Winter Journey

Winter Journey

by Diane Armstrong

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Overview

Diane Armstrong's bestselling fictional debut A mother's silence, a village with a terrible secret, and an Australian woman who travels to Poland to uncover the truth ... When forensic dentist Halina Shore arrives in Nowa Kalwaria to take part in a war crimes investigation, she finds herself at the centre of a bitter struggle in a community that has been divided by a grim legacy. What she does not realise is that she has also embarked on a confronting personal journey. Inspired by a true incident that took place in Poland in 1941, Diane Armstrong's powerful novel is part mystery, part forensic investigation, and a moving and confronting story of love, loss and sacrifice. 'A deeply moving and inspiring novel' GOOD READING 'A bold adventure of a novel ... Here is a consummate writer at the top of her form. A fine fictional debut from a writer who's already made her mark' CANBERRA tIMES 'Profoundly moving, compelling and superbly written' AUStRALIAN WOMEN'S WEEKLY

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780730401407
Publisher: 4th Estate
Publication date: 02/01/2014
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 137
File size: 774 KB

About the Author

Diane Armstrong is a child Holocaust survivor who arrived in Australia from Poland in 1948. An award-winning journalist and bestselling author, she has written five previous books.  

Her family memoir Mosaic: A chronicle of five generations, was published in 1998 and was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Non-Fiction as well as the National Biography Award. It was published in the United States and Canada, and was selected as one of the year's best memoirs by Amazon.com. In 2000, The Voyage of Their Life: The story of the SS Derna and its passengers, was shortlisted in the New South Wales Premier's Literary Award for Non-Fiction.  

Her first novel, Winter Journey, was published in 2004 and shortlisted for the 2006 Commonwealth Writers' Prize. It has been published in the US, UK, Poland and Israel. Her second novel, Nocturne, was published in 2008 and won the Society of Women Writers Fiction Award. It was also nominated for a major literary award in Poland. Empire Day, a novel set in post-war Sydney, was published in 2011.  

Diane has a son and daughter and three granddaughters. She lives in Sydney.  

 

 

Photo credit: Jonathan Armstrong

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Winter Journey 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Marlys More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best historical fiction stories I have read. The characters are well developed. The story stays interesting and suspensful. It has several elements that all come together at the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I saw information regarding the pogroms while visiting the National Holocaust Museum. It is a troubling part of the war, those that survived concentration camps only to return and have neighbors kill them. Neighbors against neighbors, some families gaining new material wealth while the true owners were murdered. It is ugly and sad, we should never forget those who were killed for sympathizing and protecting their neighbors. The unlikely heroes, the survivors. Who would I be? Great novel based on factual events. Difficult to read, and hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Captivated is not the word: I was captured by this historical fiction. That is, I was so caught up, I read it without stopping. It has been a very long time since a book riveted my attention to this degree. If you like well written historical fiction set in Poland in WWII, this is a must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This specific story may not be “true” but you can feel that the events happened. Not just once, but many times, and in many places. It is heartbreaking to imagine the evil and the kindness that humans can show. We must never forget that we are, our societies are, capable of repeating these atrocities.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the books I would read again
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One story concerning the plight of the Jewish people in Poland during World War II. I enjoyed the unexpected twist and turns of this book. Horrific but engaging. I didn't want it to end, wanted to learn more about the characters. I would recommend it to anyone interested in this subject.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very good read. Makes me understand that we can have both good and bad inside without really understanding either.
kiwifortyniner on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Halina Shore is a forensic dentist sent to Poland to take part in a war crimes investigation. When she arrives she finds a village divided by the grim legacy - the death of the village's Jewish community. Was it at the hands of the Germans or the Poles? But this is also Polish born Halina's journey as she tries to track down her birth parents and piece together her life story. As she discovers and talks to the few villagers who are able to remember the time she is able to piece together the terrible events of that time. This book is inspired by a true incident that took place in Poland in 1941. A good read
seekingflight on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A sobering story about the human capacity for cruelty and inhumanity. Forensic dentist Halina Shore returns to the Poland of her birth to investigate a war crime, the burning of a barn full of Jews in German occupied Nowa Kalwari in 1941. At the same time, she learns things she never suspected about her own past. There were a few too many coincidences for me to really buy into the story, in one sense. But it¿s a scarily realistic (and perhaps at times even somewhat sympathetic) exploration of the ways in which the townsfolk tried to deal with the legacy of an atrocity that took place in their midst, and the possibility that it might have been perpetrated by their own.
Trayclee More than 1 year ago
This book started out a little slow but I am so glad I kept reading....it is a really good story and I couldn't wait to find out what happened. The twists and turns remind me a little of Jodi Picoult. I will recommend this to my friends.
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