22 Britannia Road: A Novel by Amanda Hodgkinson

By Amanda Hodgkinson

A journey de strength that echoes glossy classics like Suite Francaise and The Postmistress.

"Housekeeper or housewife?" the soldier asks Silvana as she and 8- year-old Aurek board the send that may take them from Poland to England on the finish of global battle II. There her husband, Janusz, is already looking forward to them on the little apartment at 22 Britannia highway. however the warfare has replaced all of them so completely that they'll slightly realize each other once they are reunited. "Survivor," she solutions.

Silvana and Aurek spent the conflict hiding within the forests of Poland. Wild, virtually feral Aurek doesn't understand how to tie his personal footwear or sleep in a mattress. Janusz is an Englishman now-determined to omit Poland, overlook his personal ghosts from the way in which, and start a brand new lifestyles as a formal English relations. yet for Silvana, who can't get away the painful reminiscence of a shattering wartime act, forgetting isn't feasible.

some of the most searing debuts to come back alongside in years, <I>22 Britannia Road</I. is the wrenching chronicle of the way those broken humans try and develop into, once more, a real family members. An unforgettable novel that cries out for dialogue, it's a robust tale of primal maternal love, overcoming complication, and, eventually, acceptance-one that might pierce your center.

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PHOTO, P REVIOUS S PREA D: P I OTR MALECKI/GETTY ASSIGNM ENT he crisis that has deeply divided Ukraine – pitting citizen against citizen – started more than a year ago when then president, Viktor Yanukovych, unilaterally rejected a plan for the country to have closer ties with the European Union (EU). Thousands took to the streets of Kiev, the capital city, in peaceful demonstrations. Dubbed EuroMaidan, after the city’s main square where the uprising began, the protests quickly spread across the country.

As the pro-Europe protests spread across Ukraine, Ismail felt it was his civic duty to take part. In February 2014, Crimean pro-Russian politicians decided to vote to allow a referendum to take place on whether Crimeans wanted to split from Ukraine and rejoin Russia. A rally of 5000 Crimean Tatars surrounded Simferopol’s Supreme Council building, Ismail among them, to block the vote. In the evening, they were told to go home. They felt uneasy, says Ismail, but were reassured by leaders from the Crimean Tatar party that all would be well.

Now, 24 years later, Ismail, 32, and wife and two daughters (aged six and eight), have been forced to leave Crimea, this time to the tiny town of Sokal in west Ukraine. When Russian troops entered the Crimea, Ismail was living in Simferopol, the region’s capital. He spent his days running the business he’d 56 | March•2015 taken five years to build, selling Eastern specialty sweets. He appreciated Ukraine’s relative tolerance to the Crimean Tatars and supported EU integration. As the pro-Europe protests spread across Ukraine, Ismail felt it was his civic duty to take part.

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