Black Was the Rose

Black Was the Rose

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Maria Dudek-Grzebien's new volume of poetry, "Black Was the Rose, " tells the uniquely moving story of Ika, a Polish emigre who is at once strong and vulnerable, careful and carefree. Like many emigrants, Ika has had her share of misfortunes and sadness. But Ika, being Ika, does not give up. For example, Ika knows what it feels like to wear secondhand clothes and to have a to run a tight budget in order to survive. And she quickly masters the essentials she needs to learn in order to take care of herself.
Ika loses at love, painfully, but she is brave and resilient and never without hope. Case in point: When she falls and breaks her wrist, Ika perseveres through the agonized night, waiting patiently for hours for the doctor to care for her, and then, incredibly, managing to find joy in the help she receives. Similarly, when her husband Jack is stubborn she manages to change his mind and is relieved when they've resolved their argument. A true force of nature, Ika makes us realize that as long as one perseveres, anything is possible.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 106 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 6mm | 145g
  • Vantage Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 0533164036
  • 9780533164035

About Maria Dudek-Grzebien

Maria Dudek-Grzebien studied at Ottawa University and later at the Famous Writers School, after completing Polish high school in Germany. Over the years she has worked as a bookkeeper, a dental assistant, and a medical secretary. Her previous publications with Vantage Press are "Tale of a Glow" and "The Last Dance." The author is a resident of Quebec, Canada.
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