The Silence of Trees by Valya Dudycz Lupescu

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Silence of Trees comes into its own when it turns to the past.


Too often the women of history have been silenced, but their stories have power- to reveal, to teach, and to transform. This is one such story. In Chicago's Ukrainian Village, Nadya Lysenko has built her life on a foundation of secrets. When Nadya was sixteen, she snuck out of her house in Western Ukraine to meet a fortuneteller in the woods. Ignoring the threat of Nazis and Russians, Nadya was driven by love and a desire to learn the unknown. She never expected it to be the last time she would see her family. Years later, Nadya continues to be haunted by the death of her parents and sisters. She clings to her traditions and stories from Ukraine, the only parts of her past that she can share with her family. The myths and magic of Nadya's childhood are still a part of her reality: house spirits misplace keys and glasses, dreams unite friends across time and space, and a fortuneteller's cards predict the future. Her beloved dead also insist on being heard, through dreams and whispers in the night. They want the truth to come out. Nadya needs to face her past and confront the secrets she buried within-THE SILENCE OF TREES.

About Valya Dudycz Lupescu

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Valya Dudycz Lupescu received her MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, after which she taught composition and creative writing at several Chicago universities and eventually founded CONCLAVE: A JOURNAL OF CHARACTER. Her historical novel, THE SILENCE OF TREES, was published in 2010 (Wolfsword Press) in hardcover, paperback, ebook, and audiobook (2012, Iambik Audio). She has also been published in various journals, including SENTENCE, THE PEDESTAL MAGAZINE, and DOORKNOBS & BODYPAINT. She is currently an Artist-in-Residence at the historic Cliff Dwellers Club and at the Everleigh Club in Chicago. Valya helps to facilitate a monthly gathering of writers and artists called the Chicago Creative Coop.
Published January 1, 2011 by Wolfsword Press. 336 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Non-fiction
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Above average
on Dec 31 2010

Silence of Trees comes into its own when it turns to the past.

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on Feb 26 2011

While some of the locales of Silence are places you may not have wished to be, there's heart and hope in every page.

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Above average
on Mar 31 2011

This is not your grandmother’s post–World War II Ukranian American immigrant drama.

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on Dec 15 2011

The Silence of Trees is Valya Dudycz Lupescu’s first novel, and it clearly exemplifies the author’s sheer joy in spinning tales.

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