Philipovna: Daughter of Sorrow

May 1, 2019|
Philipovna: Daughter of Sorrow by Valentina Gal
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Philipovna: The Daughter of Sorrow is a creative non-fiction based on my mother''s surviving the holodomor [the Ukrainian starvation] in the early 1930''s.  It is the story of an orphan who goes to live with her aunt in a rural village in the Ukrainian countryside. The aunt swears on her dead sister''s Bible that Vera Philipovna, the daughter of a cobbler and seamstress from a small village in Chercassy, Ukraine will survive no matter what might befall the family.  No one foresees the horrors that they will have to face between the fall of 1930 and the spring of 1933. In the end, out of a healthy extended family, only Philipovna, a cousin and the aunt survive. The acts of real savagery that are perpetrated on the village are unflinchingly narrated by a pre-pubescent girl, who also gives us a good grasp of the beauty and richness of the Ukrainian culture with its superstitions, customs and celebrations.
Valentina Gal is the blind daughter of Ukrainian immigrants who settled in Hamilton Ontario after WWII.  While at McMaster University, she discovered that her city was diverse and peopled by colourful characters. Her writing and storytelling explore both her mother?s tragic history and her family?s adventures in becoming first generati...
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Title:Philipovna: Daughter of Sorrow
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:285 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.67 in
Shipping dimensions:285 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.67 in
Published:May 1, 2019
Publisher:Guernica Editions
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781771833691

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