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Author Shea, Christina, 1963-

Title Smuggled / Christina Shea.

Publication Info. New York : Black Cat ; [Berkeley, CA] : Distributed by Publishers Group West, [2011]


Location Call No. Status
 East Hartford, Raymond Library - Adult Department  F SHEA CHRISTINA    Check Shelf
 Farmington, Main Library - Adult Department  FICTION SHEA    Check Shelf
Edition First edition.
Description 294 pages ; 21 cm
Note Includes a reading group guide.
Summary Sweeping from post-WWII rural Romania to the cosmopolitan Budapest of 1990, Christina Shea's Smuggled is the story of Eva Farkas, who loses her identity, quite literally, as a young child when she is smuggled in a flour sack across the Hungarian border to escape the Nazis. Five-year-old Eva is trafficked from Hungary to Romania at the end of the war, arriving in the fictional border town of Crisu, given the name Anca Balaj by her aunt and uncle and instructed never to speak another word of Hungarian again. "Eva is dead," she is told. As the years pass, Anca proves an unquenchable spirit, with a lust for life even when political forces threaten to derail her at every turn. Time is layered in this quest for self, culminating in the end of the Iron Curtain and Anca's reclaiming of the name her mother gave her. When Eva returns to Hungary in 1990, a country changing as fast as the price of bread, she meets Martin, an American teacher, and Eva's lifelong search for family and identity comes full circle as her cross-cultural relationship with Martin deepens through their endeavor to rescue the boy downstairs from abuse.
Subject Passing (Identity) -- Fiction.
Jewish women -- Fiction.
ISBN 9780802170866 paperback
0802170862 paperback
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