Smuggled by Christina Shea
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Sweeping from post–WWII rural Romania to the cosmopolitan Budapest of 1990, Christina Shea’s Smuggled is the story of Eva Farkas, who loses her identity, quite literally, as a young child when she is smuggled in a flour sack across the Hungarian border to escape the Nazis.

Five-year-old Eva is trafficked from Hungary to Romania at the end of the war, arriving in the fictional border town of Crisu, given the name Anca Balaj by her aunt and uncle and instructed never to speak another word of Hungarian again. “Eva is dead,” she is told. As the years pass, Anca proves an unquenchable spirit, with a lust for life even when political forces threaten to derail her at every turn. Time is layered in this quest for self, culminating in the end of the Iron Curtain and Anca’s reclaiming of the name her mother gave her. When Eva returns to Hungary in 1990, a country changing as fast as the price of bread, she meets Martin, an American teacher, and Eva’s lifelong search for family and identity comes full circle as her cross-cultural relationship with Martin deepens through their endeavor to rescue the boy downstairs from abuse.

An intimate look at the effects of history on an individual life, Smuggled is a raw and fearless account of transformation, and a viscerally reflective tale about the basic need for love without claims.
 

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Published July 5, 2011 by Grove Press, Black Cat. 256 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Shea's second novel (after Moira's Crossing) begins strongly enough in 1943, when precocious five-year-old %C3%89va is smuggled out of Hungary. To save %C3%89va's life, her Jewish mother and gentile f

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Publishers Weekly

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Shea's second novel (after Moira's Crossing) begins strongly enough in 1943, when precocious five-year-old %C3%89va is smuggled out of Hungary. To save %C3%89va's life, her Jewish mother and gentile f

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Set against a backdrop of war-ravaged Eastern Europe and antiSemitism, and covering nearly 50 years in the life of Hungarian refugee Eva Farkas, the story begins when she is a five-year-old child being smuggled out of Hungary by her Jewish mother and the man with whom she has had her love child.

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Washington Independent Review of Books

The likelihood that Anca would retain Hungarian language is slim to none, particularly given that she is forbidden to speak it in her new life.

Jul 27 2011 | Read Full Review of Smuggled: A Novel

Boston.com

After Anca hears this disturbing news, she discovers a dried-up well in an old orchard, clutching the tennis ball that she meant to return to her deceased friend.

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By jonSun, 07/17/2011 - 21:40.

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