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Domnica Radulescu won Romania's National Prize for Short Story Writing when she was just 17 but fled the country soon after to escape the Communist dictatorship of Nicolae Ceausescu. She is now a Full Professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Chair of the Women's Studies Program at Washington and Lee University.
Life in Ceausescu’s Romania in the late 70s seen through the eyes of a young woman suffering her first great love. She comes from an intellectual family continually under the surveillance of the secret police. Her parents fear for the girl’s safety and future and eventually smuggle her out of the country. The fear and suspicion, hunger and hardship of the regime haunt the pages but is her salvation any better? This is a tale of displaced people, of homesickness for a country that won’t accept free thinking, of betrayal, jealousy and deception. Comparison: Irene Nemirovsky (Suite Francaise), Salley Vickers (The Other Side of You), Catherine Law (Season of Leaves).