The Girl from Riga by Sibilla Hershey
A memoir

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...chillingly wraps the entire tale in the folds of a family tragedy—her grandfather’s murder in the dead of night, when her mother was just 14 years old. That said, the story meanders toward the end, as her remembrances of later vacations and foreign travel simply don’t stand up...
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When Sibilla Hershey was eight years old, she and her family fled the Soviet troops and left their home in Riga, Latvia. She, her mother, her father, and her ten-year-old brother became refugees. They lived in camps, learned new languages, and yearned for the day when they would once again have a country to call their own.

After spending six years displaced and moving from campsite to campsite, Hershey’s family came to the United States to finally begin a new life. Hershey studied chemistry to earn a living and eventually social work to help others like herself.

Hershey has always wanted to tell her story, but she felt held back by the linguistic challenges she faced. Over time, she began to write poetry about her life. Now, for the first time, she’s written a memoir in prose detailing her early struggles and the journey that took her from refugee to immigrant to citizen.

 

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Published April 13, 2017
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs.
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...chillingly wraps the entire tale in the folds of a family tragedy—her grandfather’s murder in the dead of night, when her mother was just 14 years old. That said, the story meanders toward the end, as her remembrances of later vacations and foreign travel simply don’t stand up...

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