A raw tale of early love, rivalry and betrayal. Her oldest son’s suicide attempt shocks the Halversons and forces Agnieszka to reveal a past she has kept from her children.
Passion for music. Hearing her talented, irrepressible grandaunt Jola, a concert pianist in Poland, give a piano recital, young Agnieszka discovers a passion for music. Jola hones her talent and feeds her dreams.
Shattered dreams. Real-world problems, thorny relations with a mother tied to her roots and betrayal by Jola shatter her dreams.
A 70s love story. Agnieszka falls in love, but fate deals her first love a death blow. She rises from the losses she has suffered and gets a second chance at happiness.
A mother’s youthful dreams thwarted and renewed, amidst the exciting promise of the 70s.
I rated this book 5 *****;s
This book is heart wrenching
Prepare a tissue close to you. You will needed it the most while reading this book. A mother’s love is unconditional and always support their daughter’s dream no matter what. Agnieszka grew up in a very conservative way. She has no support from her mother. Good thing she has a great-aunt that help her fulfilled her dreams. She also learns how to lie from her parents.
This book is so touching. I can relate to Agnieszka how her mother treated her. I am sure that her Mom only wants her honestly. Growing up poor is not easy. I can relate to that. I can also relate to her great-aunt who helps her. Music is her only way to release stress and be herself. Teen-age life is not easy especially when you are not accustom to outside world.
Agnieskza is very independent nd very strong-willed girl. She has been through a lot especially from mother that does not show support to her daughter’s dreams. I am so glad that other people wiling to help her to survive and be happy in the end.
A mother’s love is endless and hope that everybody will feel the love from their parents. How lucky you are if you close to your Mom. My mom is half way far around the world from me. I call her once a month. I seldom see her but I loved her too much. I cannot live without her.
EJourney is a realist who thinks she has little imagination. Credit that to her training (Ph. D., University of Illinois) and work in mental health, writing for academics and bureaucrats, and critiquing the work of others. She’s been striving ever since to think and write like normal people.
She’s a well-traveled flâneuse—a female observer-wanderer—who watches, observes, listens. And writes. A sucker for happy endings, she finds enough that depresses her about real life, but seeks no catharsis by writing about it. For her, writing is escape, entertainment. She doesn’t strive to enlighten. Not deliberately. But the bias of her old profession does carry over into her writing. So, instead of broad shoulders and heaving bosoms, she goes into protagonists’ thoughts, emotions, inner conflicts, insecurities, and struggles to reach balance and grow.
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