This book is truly unique! There are numerous accounts of how immigrants arrived on America’s shores and adjusted to life in the New World. But there are very few, if any, examples of the reverse process, that is, of a young American who moves to east-central Europe and eventually becomes stuck for the rest of her life in the Soviet Union.
On the eve of World War II, a young American girl went to Ruthenia in central Europe hoping to get married and return to New Jersey with her husband. But cataclysmic events intervened and it was 60 years before she returned home. This is her dramatic story.
The introduction by Columbia University historian István Deák places this tale in a larger historical context.