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Triptych [Hardcover]

Margit Liesche

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8 Oct 2013
Praise for Triptych... "This is a novel with something for everyone!" -Karen Joy Fowler, NTY bestselling author of The Jane Austen Book Club Budapest, 1956. An uprising against Soviet occupiers is underway. Eleven-year-old Évike and her mother steal deep into battle zones in support of freedom fighters armed only with primitive weapons and desperate courage. Taken in for interrogation, Évike spins a story to deflect attention from her mother's revolutionary activities. This story will alter lives thirty years later. Chicago, 1986. Ildikó Palmay is the American-born daughter of Hungarian refugees. She finds herself drawn to researching her roots. Along the way she uncovers a trail of secrets and betrayals forged in the uprising and discovers the shocking truth about her mother's death. Margit Liesche has written two other novels, Lipstick and Lies and Hollywood Buzz. She lives in San Francisco.
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  • Hardcover: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press (8 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1464201781
  • ISBN-13: 978-1464201783
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 14.8 x 2.9 cm

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read 11 Nov 2013
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A very readable, cleverly invervoven stories of three lives. It was of great interest to me because in 1956, when the Revolution in Hungary took place, we had just moved to Chicago. There was a wonderful Hungarian community there. After the Revolution, the community grew by leaps and bounds due to the 56-ers who imigrated to the Windy City. My family was totally wrapped up in the following of the news from October 23 through November. We had left Hungary in 1944, settled in Bavaria until 1950, when emigrated to the US. In 1946, after the war was over, my parents sent my nine year old brother back to Budapest to live with relatives. We were to follow a few months later. Unfortunately, the Russians closed down the border with no going to nor coming out of Hungary. He was stuck there until the Revolution, when he escaped with friends to Austria. It was in January 1957 that my parents were finally reunited with their son. It was an exciting time and the book captures the feeling of those times. There were a couple of confusing passages but my main annoyance was the use of Hungarian with improper spelling, verb tenses, accent marks. However, to a non-Hungarian reader, it makes no difference. I've passed on the book to friends who have also enjoyed it. It is especially recommended to those who know nothing about the terrible times those were. The book is fiction, but based mainly on facts.
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book by Margit Liesche 17 May 2014
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This is a story that is rich with history, family ties, mystery... There was so much to ponder after reading this book I read it a second time and recommended to my Book Club. Read this book and you may find yourself wanting to know what shaped your family and all the surprises that may be hidden in the past.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love, Lies, and Revolution 21 April 2014
By Susan Z. Bono - Published on
In Triptych by Margit Liesche, Ildiko Palmay, the American-born daughter of Hungarian parents, works hard to acknowledge her Eastern European roots without being dragged down by them. Her own mother never quite learned to call her adopted country home, so in her volunteer work with immigrants, Ildiko is always looking for ways to emphasize what people everywhere share in common as opposed to the differences that keep them lonely and isolated.

Ildiko wishes her own family’s past were merely a colorful backdrop for her current life in a small town outside Chicago in the 1980s. But the horrors of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, in which civilian freedom fighters took on their Communist overlords, have haunted Ildiko her entire life and even seem to be connected to her mother’s suspicious death in 1965 when Ildiko was sixteen. Decades later, she realizes she will never fully inhabit her life until she finds out what happened to her mother. Her search for the truth will expose her to many dangerous situations and emotions, including love.

Author Liesche takes readers on Ildiko’s search for the truth, but incorporates an additional vantage point. Liesche goes back in time to bring readers the story of a young girl and her mother trapped in the turmoil of Budapest as it explodes into violence. For Ildiko, the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 is important history, but for readers it becomes a vivid and terrifying reality lived through the eyes of twelve-year-old Evike. How those stories intersect is part of the page-turning mystery, and for readers like me, this little-known segment of history comes alive in unexpected ways, adding layers of complexity and power to an already compelling story. Liesche handles these different times, places, cultures, and perspectives with great skill and compassion. How she manages this feat is part of Triptych’s magic.
5.0 out of 5 stars much more than a mystery 18 Jan 2014
By Kathy Wahl - Published on
I've been reading a lot of mysteries lately but this was the most noteworthy. Unlike the majority of mysteries that are plot-driven and focused on police/detectives and simply solving the case, Triptych was more thought-provoking and memorable. It's really much more than a mystery and very much the story of the character and the history. Well, done!
5.0 out of 5 stars Tunde Johnson 7 Dec 2013
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Enjoyed reading the book. It was filled with descriptive scenes as well as the characters. It provided an insight to a time when Hungary was under Soviet rule along with individuals' feelings and events.
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