Christina Shea follows up her compelling debut novel with an intimate look at the effects of history on an individual life. Smuggled out of Hungary to escape the Nazi menace, five-year-old Eva Farkas now lives with her aunt and uncle in Romania. Renamed Anca Balaj, she’s told to forget her Hungarian past and language and accept a new identity. But when communism smothers her adopted homeland, Anca fights to survive. After the Iron Curtain lifts decades later, she returns to Hungary in 1990, hoping to reclaim her forgotten heritage.
©2011 Christina Shea (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC
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A nice little story, but the title leads you in the wrong direction. Yes she was smuggled away at a young age, but that’s it – the rest of the story has nothing more to do with it.
Overall the book was just ok. Not bad, not great; it didn’t really resonate with me. Reading about the time when Ceaușescu president was interesting – but fleeting, if your list of books to read is already too long, I would not recommend adding this one.
I did not care for the performance, too many wet-mouth smacking sounds: like when you’re trying to wriggle a seed out of the fleshy part your mouth behind your back teeth with your tongue! Ugh - I find that gross. Sometimes I was not sure if it was the sound of papers rustling, but most of the time it narrator swallowing (noisily!) - It was incredibly distracting… and off putting.
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