Crossing the Borders of Time by Leslie Maitland

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Though the details of the courtship are a little bizarre, especially since the author re-creates her mother’s bold seduction of Arcieri, who was married, this is a touching story about the odd collision of fate and will.
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Synopsis

   On a pier in Marseille in 1942, with desperate refugees pressing to board one of the last ships to escape France before the Nazis choked off its ports, an 18-year-old German Jewish girl was pried from the arms of the Catholic Frenchman she loved and promised to marry.  As the Lipari carried Janine and her family to Casablanca on the first leg of a perilous journey to safety in Cuba, she would read through her tears the farewell letter that Roland had slipped in her pocket: “Whatever the length of our separation, our love will survive it, because it depends on us alone. I give you my vow that whatever the time we must wait, you will be my wife. Never forget, never doubt.” 
   Five years later – her fierce desire to reunite with Roland first obstructed by war and then, in secret, by her father and brother – Janine would build a new life in New York with a dynamic American husband.  That his obsession with Ayn Rand tormented their marriage was just one of the reasons she never ceased yearning to reclaim her lost love.  
   Investigative reporter Leslie Maitland grew up enthralled by her mother’s accounts of forbidden romance and harrowing flight from the Nazis. Her book is both a journalist’s vivid depiction of a world at war and a daughter’s pursuit of a haunting question: what had become of the handsome Frenchman whose picture her mother continued to treasure almost fifty years after they parted? It is a tale of memory that reporting made real and a story of undying love that crosses the borders of time.

 

About Leslie Maitland

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Leslie Maitland is an award-winning former New York Times investigative reporter and national correspondent who covered the Justice Department. She appears regularly on the Diane Rehm Show on NPR to discuss literature. She lives with her husband in Bethesda, Maryland.
 
Published April 17, 2012 by Other Press. 512 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
Feb 15 2012

Though the details of the courtship are a little bizarre, especially since the author re-creates her mother’s bold seduction of Arcieri, who was married, this is a touching story about the odd collision of fate and will.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
Feb 13 2012

. . . this book is overlong and Maitland fails to make Janine’s love affair and dysfunctional marriage compelling. . .

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Book Reporter

Good
Reviewed by Jana Siciliano on Jun 01 2012

If you are looking for a real-life love story filled with heartfelt romance, adventure, the drama of war, and the aftermath of a life lived when this love doesn’t work out, then CROSSING THE BORDERS OF TIME will bewitch you.

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Washington Independent Review of Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Susan Roche

. . . meticulous research and lyrical telling. . .

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Huntington News

Excellent
Reviewed by David Kinchen on Apr 16 2012

The author is nothing if not brutally honest about the details of the lives of her mother and father

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The American Jewish World

Excellent
Reviewed by Neal Gendler on Apr 27 2012

. . .more beautiful than a novel because of the power of its true story and the richness with which it is told.

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