Susan Gerstein was born Zsuzsa Osvath in a Europe careening toward the Second World War. In “Lily’s Daughter” she recounts her early life growing up in Nazi-occupied, war-torn and eventually Communist-dominated Hungary. She introduces a vast array of colorful people whose life was impacted by these traumatic times. We meet Lily and Tibor, her turbulent parents who struggle to maintain some equilibrium in the face of ever-recurring chaos; their family and friends whose fate, reaching around the globe and back in time form the framework of the narrator’s growing years. There are her grandparents falling victim to the carnage of the Holocaust; there is her uncle the true-believing Communist; there are actors, writers, and dramatic changes of fortune. There is the arrival of the Revolution in 1956 and her daring escape across a dangerous border into the West. Finally, we get to know her as a child turning into a young woman observing the world around her as well as her own changing self.
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Published June 28, 2012
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