Breathe To Read

Breathe To Read

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Read The World - Latvia - Among The Living And The Dead

 Book: Among The Living And The Dead

Author: Inara Verzemnieks

Pages: 288

Book takes place in the country: YES

Author is from the country: No - but her whole family is

I have visited: NO

This is my 100th read for the year

I made it!

This is the story of the author's family.  Inara was raised by her grandparents in America.  But her grandparents, and her dad, fled Latvia when her dad was very small.  Inara wants to discover her family's roots and learn more about the struggles that went on with the Latvians in the early part of the century.  After her grandmother passes away, she locates her distance family members in Latvia and speaks to them about the past.  What she learns is a story of heartbreak and strong will to survive the most dire situation.  

This was a really good book.  I love reading personal stories about families who survived what we would consider an almost impossible situation.  Inara does a great job piecing together her family's history and rebuilding relationships with her family in Latvia that she will treasure for the rest of her life.  

The only negative for me - and it is a small one - is that the language was a bit over decorated.  I have never been drawn to that type of writing and this book is full of it.  However - the story is worth weaving through that.

Stars: 4

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