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Lily's Daughter: A Memoir Paperback – April 13, 2012
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About the Author
Susan Gerstein was born Zsuzsa Osvath in a Europe careening toward the Second World War. In "Lily's Daughter" she recounts her early life growing up in Nazi-occupied, war-torn and eventually Communist-dominated Hungary. She introduces a vast array of colorful people whose life was impacted by these traumatic times. We meet Lily and Tibor, her turbulent parents who struggle to maintain some equilibrium in the face of ever-recurring chaos; their family and friends whose fate, reaching around the globe and back in time form the framework of the narrator's growing years. There are her grandparents falling victim to the carnage of the Holocaust; there is her uncle the true-believing Communist; there are actors, writers, and dramatic changes of fortune. There is the arrival of the Revolution in 1956 and her daring escape across a dangerous border into the West. Finally, we get to know her as a child turning into a young woman observing the world around her as well as her own changing self.
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A unique look into life in Hungary at the end of WWII and the beginning of the Communist regime. Told from the perspective of a young girl growing up during this time period, the narrative voice convincingly conveys the movement from childhood to a more mature perspective.
A nice balance of personal history, national history, and the stories of the adults surrounding the young author. Highly recommended!
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I was amazed at how much Susan remembered from her childhood.