- File Size: 926 KB
- Print Length: 324 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0557586224
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Violet Hills Productions; 3 edition (September 6, 2010)
- Publication Date: September 6, 2010
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004MME7JC
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,897,555 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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As the novel begins, the baby, now a young man, is eager to discover who his parents are. The novel, however, is much more than a son's search for his biological parents. Podgorski cleverly uses the young man as a metaphor. As he searches for his roots, the author utilizes him as a device to trace the tortured history of Poland through the women of the Debrowska family. We breathlessly applaud the courage of a magnificent eight year old girl who lived hundreds of years ago to an unlikeable, yet patriotic 20th century brute to the young man who has at last found his birth mother. All the members of these many generations represent the factual and allegorical desire for Poland to find herself and to be independent from its ruthless eastern and western neighbors who are united in their desire to tear her apart.
The most moving section of the novel for this reader was the family's tour of Auschwitz. Podgorski does not romanticize Poland's history, and her depiction of the horrors of the holocaust are as moving as any I have read by Levi Primo and Eli Weisel.
Although the author places the American family in Massachusetts, her love for Poland, its history, landscapes,
symbolic bridges, and characters transcend her fictive portions and elevate the novel to a stellar position in the realm of historical fiction. At long last, Podgorski illustrates that Poles are no longer strangers, but have a home they can call their own.
Though my summary sounds a bit dry, the book is not. I identified with Anatola, and cheered her on in her efforts to learn about her past and make peace with her present. The glimpses into several generations her of Polish family were fascinating and enlightening. The Women Debrowska is an enjoyable and satisfying read, and I recommend it highly.