New Country, New Life: A Family Memoir (Paperback)

New Country, New Life: A Family Memoir By Chrystyna Zorych Holman Cover Image

New Country, New Life: A Family Memoir (Paperback)


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What is it like to leave behind everything and everyone you've ever known amidst terror, trauma, and war, knowing you will never see them again? How must it feel to come to a strange, new land, and have to build a community from scratch? And what, finally, does it mean to pass on this legacy to your children, and theirs?

The engrossing story of Chrystyna Zorych Holman's family touches on all these questions. As part of the third wave of Ukrainian immigration post-WWII, they came to Canada as refugees. Her parents, both writers and activists, met at a rally for a free and democratic Ukraine-a cause they would champion even after their move to Canada. With their two young children in tow-Chrystyna and her baby sister, Kvitka-they would make the incredible crossing of the Atlantic by boat to start a new life in Manitoba, only narrowly missing the Gulags.

Despite harrowing beginnings, Holman's story is a tale of love, levity, and the beauty of community. Readers young and old will appreciate the intergenerational story she weaves as her family moves from Manitoba to Toronto to Charlottetown, recounting tales of her mother's acerbic wit in dealing with her young students, her father's rebuffs of her potential college beau, or her daughters bonding with her parents through the traditions they brought from home.

Holman's tale involves a wide cast of characters from the Ukrainian-Canadian community that congregated around her family, and speaks to a world of invaluable Ukrainian cultural knowledge-touching on everything from Christmas traditions, embroidery, and pysanky to the poems of women political prisoners in the USSR. It is sure to make a wonderful addition to the shelves of Ukrainian-Canadians interested in their history-or anyone looking for a more intimate sense of the multicultural fabric of Canadian society.
Product Details ISBN: 9781039184237
ISBN-10: 1039184235
Publisher: FriesenPress
Publication Date: November 21st, 2023
Pages: 186
Language: English