Monday, June 13, 2011

What I'm Reading

This book was incredible. Perhaps the best book that I've read this year. It was one of those books that I breezed through in a matter of days and the story will haunt me forever.
Add this one to your must read list!
From Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they've known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin's orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions.

Lina finds solace in her art, meticulously—and at great risk—documenting events by drawing, hoping these messages will make their way to her father's prison camp to let him know they are still alive. It is a long and harrowing journey, spanning years and covering 6,500 miles, but it is through incredible strength, love, and hope that Lina ultimately survives. Between Shades of Gray is a novel that will steal your breath and capture your heart.


Nap Mom said...

I thought of you this weekend. I went to the Annapolis Quilt Show and met new author Loirs Nebbia. I bought her book "Solomon's Puzzle." It takes place in the Annapolis aera. I can hardly put it down. The reviews are all spot-on so far.

Anonymous said...

I will add you to my list.

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