• Crossing the Borders of Time

  • A True Story of War, Exile, and Love Reclaimed
  • By: Leslie Maitland
  • Narrated by: Leslie Maitland
  • Length: 18 hrs and 48 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (238 ratings)

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Crossing the Borders of Time

By: Leslie Maitland
Narrated by: Leslie Maitland
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Publisher's summary

Leslie Maitland is an award-winning former New York Times investigative reporter whose mother and grandparents fled Germany in 1938 for France, where, as Jews, they spent four years as refugees—the last two under risk of Nazi deportation. In 1942 they made it onto the last boat to escape France before the Germans sealed the harbors. Then, barred from entering the United States, they lived in Cuba for almost two years before immigrating to New York.

This sweeping account of one family’s escape from the turmoil of war-torn Europe hangs upon the intimate and deeply personal story of the passionate romance between Maitland’s mother and a Catholic Frenchman. Separated by war and her family’s disapproval, the young lovers—Janine and Roland—lose each other for 50 years. It is a testimony to both Maitland’s investigative skills and her devotion to her mother that she successfully traced the lost Roland and was able to reunite him with Janine. Unlike so many stories of love during wartime, their's has a happy ending.

©2012 Leslie Maitland (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic reviews

“A mesmerizing memoir of one family’s shattering experience during World War II. It’s a tale at once heartbreaking and uplifting.” (Linda Fairstein, New York Times best-selling author)

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