The Silence of Trees
In Chicago's Ukrainian Village, Nadya Lysenko has built her life on a foundation of secrets. When she was sixteen, Nadya snuck out of her house in Western Ukraine to meet a fortuneteller in the woods. She never expected it to be the last time she would see her family. Decades later, Nadya... show more
In Chicago's Ukrainian Village, Nadya Lysenko has built her life on a foundation of secrets. When she was sixteen, Nadya snuck out of her house in Western Ukraine to meet a fortuneteller in the woods. She never expected it to be the last time she would see her family. Decades later, Nadya continues to be haunted by the death of her parents and sisters. The myths and magic of her childhood are still a part of her reality: dreams unite friends across time and space, house spirits misplace keys and glasses, and a fortuneteller's cards predict the future. Nadya's beloved dead insist on being heard through dreams and whispers in the night. They want the truth to come out. Nadya needs to face her past and confront the secrets she buried. Too often the women of history have been silenced, but their stories have power-to reveal, to teach, and to transform. This is one such story.
Publish date: September 23rd 2010
Publisher: Wolfsword Press
Pages no: 334
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, Adult Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, World War II
, Magical Realism
Why did I read it? It was offered at a reduced price on the Goodreads Audiobook group, and it sounded interesting. What's it about? The book centres around the stories of Nadya, a Ukrainian mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, living in Chicago, who while observing the daily, religious and s...
This book is filled with a wonderful female presence. There are intricately woven folk tales, mythologies, and stories from the Ukraine. That said, I wish that the overall narrative had been more complete. I wanted to know the characters better. I wanted them to have the life that the old tales ...