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The Silence of Trees (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Valya Dudycz Lupescu

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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--in The Silence of Trees.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 413 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 336 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0982126131
  • Utilisation simultanée de l'appareil : Illimité
  • Editeur : Wolfsword Press (1 janvier 2011)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B004HO65M2
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Valya Dudycz Lupescu is a writer and the founding editor of the literary magazine, CONCLAVE: A Journal of Character. Her novel, THE SILENCE OF TREES, was published by Wolfsword Press in October 2010.

Born and raised in Chicago, Valya received her degree in English at DePaul University. She then earned her MFA in Writing as part of the inaugural class at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Since receiving her MFA, Valya has worked as a college professor, obituary writer, content manager, internal communications specialist, goth cocktail waitress, and co-producer of the independent feature film, The Secret. She occasionally teaches workshops around the city and online, and she helps to facilitate a monthly gathering of writers and artists in Chicago.

Valya's novel, The Silence of Trees, was selected as a Semifinalist in the 2008 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. She has won several awards for her writing and has appeared in numerous journals.

For the last seven years, Valya, her husband, and their three children have been dividing their time between the United States and Germany. They currently reside in Chicago.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A beautiful story and a lesson in writing rolled up in one 5 octobre 2010
Par R. Kyle - Publié sur
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Nearly three years ago, I read the first 5000 words of this story for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards. Ms. Lupescu left me in a Ukranian forest full of German soldiers bent on rape with sixteen year old Nadya seeking her fortune from a clan of gypsies.

I've wondered what happened ever since. I bought "The Silence of Trees" as soon as the book was available via Amazon and even paid extra for second day delivery. I sat down with the book and a cup of tea expecting to finish in one sitting.

Normally, I'm a serial devourer of books, but "The Silence of Trees" was entirely too rich for that. I paused at 75 pages and dreamed that night of the gypsy camp. Music, counterpointed by the jangle of tambourines rang in my ears. I even saw the raven-haired dancer clad in red and gold.

I followed Nadya through fifty years of her life, learning what it was like to lose family during World War II, to live in a German work camp, and to finally immigrate to a new land where you do not speak the language and begin anew. Each step is full of the same vivid detail as the initial scenes. Nadya and her family grow and become as real as next-door neighbors.

Ms. Lupescu's prose truly is the stuff that dreams are made of. The narrative voice of her protagonist Nadya remains strong throughout nearly fifty years of her life. You can almost taste the kolachi and feel the willow switches on your backside on Palm Sunday. The best of literature transports you to places you have never been. While some of the locales of "Silence" are places you may not have wished to be, there's heart and hope in every page.

Rebecca Kyle, October 2010
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A little known culture comes to life with beauty and poignancy! 12 mai 2011
Par Cindy Gelpi - Publié sur
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Having not known much about the history of the Ukrainian people during the second World War, reading this story was like taking a walk in the shoes of the narrator, 70 year-old Nadya Lysenko, and reliving her heart-wrenching experiences during this turbulent and hellish time. We feel her intense and conflicting feelings towards her first love Stephan, her deep guilt and confusion over a simple decision to leave the house one night to visit a fortune-telling gypsy, and her survivor's guilt when so many around her perish, and she manages not only to survive, but thrive. Decisions she makes in an attempt to survive her ordeal come back to haunt her later during her relatively normal life in the U.S. after the war. Lupescue successfully weaves the tale from the past to the present, and the reader slowly becomes aware of all Nadya is holding inside and keeping from her children, grandchildren and even her husband. The reader feels the pressure and pain of bearing so many secrets and begins to understand why the generation who lived through this travesty may not care to discuss their past.

I highly recommend this novel to anyone who wants to learn about another culture and experience history in an up-close and personal manner. The poetic nature of the novel, the use of trees and nature as symbols, the folkloric and superstitious manner the narrator uses to describe her memories all blend together to make this a rich novel worthy of a second reading or discussion by a reading group or history class. I think the book would be a great accompaniment to a college international studies course, especially one that focuses on eastern Europe. Like the pysanky egg, the book has layers and details that all come together beautifully in the end. Some may say the ending is a little too neat, but I like the hopeful note the author concludes on.

Can you tell I really loved this book?

P.S. Having recently traveled to Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic, I noticed the elderly in those countries very reserved and reticent to talk with "foreigners," unlike the youth who were very friendly and carefree. This book gave me a good understanding of why that might be as many, I am sure, had lived through communist regimes and German occupation.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Enchanting Novel 3 octobre 2010
Par sandy - Publié sur
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I loved the book "The Silence of the Trees". I am a Ukrainian American and in reading this book I alternated in relating to Nadya's life & her daughter Katya. I could not put the book down & I was disappointed when the story ended.... I wanted more. I spent a whole day reading only stopping to have lunch & dinner. I can't wait to have more of my friends read it so I can discuss the book with them.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Slow -- for my taste 2 juillet 2011
Par L. Schaefer - Publié sur
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It is beautifully written and I liked the detail the author paid to describing the family traditions and folk beliefs of the main character, Nadya, since I have an interest in folklore. She also painstakingly describes Nadya's emotions and thoughts, and I liked the ending. I've never been a huge fan of the 'character-driven plot,' though, so I found the pace distracting. That is simply a matter of taste, not a reflection on the quality of the book. If you like books that allow you to thoroughly explore the emotions of a character, you will probably love this book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I just had to review this book! 10 août 2011
Par Mary Mcclain - Publié sur
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I've read many great books but never felt like I discovered one. I'm not sure how I came across this book but I wish I could repeat whatever I did. What a wonderful, beautifully told and educational story. What I know of WWII consists mostly of Holocaust or stories from the American perspective. This was really interesting because it was from the perspective of a Ukranian woman... It was also a woman's story, and a cultural study. I loved the folktales and discussions of family traditions. To top it off, it is beautifully written. I couldn't put it down. Why this book didn't make the best seller list baffles me! It's a tragedy that it has been so overlooked.
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