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My Sister’s Mother: A Memoir of War, Exile, and Stalin’s Siberia by [Urbikas, Donna Solecka]
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“This stunning, heartfelt memoir looks unflinchingly at the scars borne by one Polish immigrant family as their daughter tries to become a normal American girl in Chicago. A gripping study of family dynamics, this is also a must-read for World War II history buffs.”—Leonard Kniffel, author of A Polish Son in the Motherland

“Superbly records the bitter suffering both of victims of the Soviet Gulag and of displaced emigrants. And, we witness the enormous problems of traumatized parents in connecting and sharing their experiences with their American-raised children. In this context, Donna’s teenage ‘tragedy’ of failing to make the cheerleading squad is particularly poignant.”—Marek Jan Chodakiewicz, author of Between Nazis and Soviets

“A primer for all who seek to understand the harrowing journey of Poles during this fateful period.”—Allen Paul, author of Katyń: Stalin’s Massacre and the Triumph of Truth

About the Author

Donna Solecka Urbikas was born in Coventry, England, and immigrated with her parents and sister to Chicago in 1952. After careers as a high school science teacher and environmental engineer, she is now a writer, realtor, and community volunteer. She lives in Chicago with her husband.

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  • File Size: 3999 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press; 1 edition (April 27, 2016)
  • Publication Date: April 27, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01C73XR5M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #924,177 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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