Based on research, oral history tapes, and interviews, REMEMBER THIS TIME recreates Western Russia during the First World War and the Russian Revolution through the powerful, yet intimate story of the Chodorov family from 1914 through 1919. At the center is Kala, the second oldest of four daughters, a patriotic and spirited sixteen year old when the novel begins, a young woman characteristic of the hardworking, energetic life of the times, devoted and proud of her family, her Jewish traditions, and her home town of Lyesk. As the war escalates and the Russians enforce a scorched earth policy, Kala's beloved Lyesk --in the midst of the Pale of Jewish Settlement -- is destroyed. Against her mother's wishes, she becomes a refugee, joins her first love and her Russian countrymen on their retreat into Great Russia while her sisters and parents hide in the woods to await the advancing German armies and plan to rebuild their burnt-out home under the new government.
Gloria gives an overview of the book:
Gloria Kurian Broder was born in Detroit, Michigan, received a BA from the University of Michigan, and an MA in English and Creative Writing from Stanford, University under Richard Scowcroft and Wallace Stegner. She now lives in Northern California. She has published stories...
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