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- Print Length: 224 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins (4 Sept. 2012)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B0090S3LRC
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Fifteen year old Lesia and her older brother secretly save enough money to transport their family to Canada and away from the perpetual poverty of farming rented land even if their particular Polish landlord is kinder than most. When the teens have saved enough, they convince their parents to emigrate, but Lesia's grandmother refuses to go with them, preferring the status quo.
Canada is not the land of milk and honey that the advertisements promise, and Lesia's family find themselves on marginal scrub land with an abundance of mosquitoes. The family's fortune goes from bad to worse when World War I breaks out and Lesia's brother and father are interned as "enemy aliens".
Langston is to be congratulated for writing a compelling novel on a shameful incident that our government has shoved under the carpet. While everyone knows about the internment of Japanese Canadians in WWII, few are aware of the fact that 8,000 Eastern European men, women and children were labelled "enemy aliens" and interned during WWI. About 5000 of those interned were Ukrainians who were mislabelled as "Austrian", but Poles, Turks, Italians and Jews were also thrown into internment camps. In a nutshell, anyone the government didn't consider white enough was targeted. What is more remarkable is that Langston is not of Ukrainian heritage, and before embarking on this novel, she knew no one personally who had been interned.
Langston has researched her subject so thoroughly that the reader is plunged into compelling and realistic scenes set in Ukraine, the ship voyage across the ocean, and life in the wilds of Manitoba. The reader feels the stings of the summer mosquitoes and the bite of the vicious winter winds. The most vivid scenes of the novel take place during the winter in the wilds of Manitoba. While Lesia's father and brother are interned, Lesia, her little sister and pregnant mother must not only survive, but they must beat the clock and clear their land before the deed reverts back to the government. The core of this novel is told from Lesia's point of view as a young girl, but the story is framed with a narrative of Lesia in 2003: an old woman, telling her great-granddaughter about her experiences.