Publication Date: June 27, 2023
Print Length: 304 pages
In this gripping memoir, Victoria Belim seeks to unravel the stories her Ukrainian family members never revealed about their past. In particular, she sets out to discover what happened to a great-uncle who failed to return home after being imprisoned by the Soviets.
During her trips to Ukraine to visit her grandmother, Belim learns how her family survived during the Communist revolution, the years of forced famine, the postwar Soviet occupation, and the current war with Russia. While discovering more about her Ukrainian heritage, Belim details the strength and resilience of the Ukrainian people, while underscoring the impact war has had on her family and the country she loves
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