Thursday, September 25, 2014

Give Us This Day, book launch, Monday 13 October - an invitation



Victoria University Press warmly invites you to the launch of
Give Us This Day: A Memoir of Family and Exile by Helena Wiśniewska Brow

on Monday 13 October, 6pm–7.30pm
at Unity Books
57 Willis Street, Wellington.

Give Us This Day will be launched by Harry Ricketts. Refreshments will be served.
Helena will be available to sign copies, hardback, $40.

About Give Us This Day:
In June 1944, when 14-year-old Stefan Wiśniewski stood by his mother’s dusty Tehran grave, he knew his world was about to change again, forever.

Give Us This Day: a Memoir of Family and Exile explores the story of one of the 732 Polish child survivors of wartime Soviet deportation offered unlikely refuge in New Zealand. Seventy years later, and no closer to a longed-for Polish homecoming, Stefan’s New Zealand-born daughter revisits his past. What is the burden her father has carried all these years? And why is he unable – or unwilling – to let it go?

With an aging father and the ghost of a namesake aunt as her guides, Helena Wiśniewska Brow searches for meaning in the family lives shaped by exile: her father’s, her mother’s and her own.

2 comments:

DARIAN ZAM said...

Helena is a cousin and continuing the family tradition which has seen a number of talented and successful writers including Monique Raphel High and Archie Hind, she proves it's in the family genes. I'm very proud of her efforts to document our family history and her securing of the prestigious Adams Prize for her work.

Merle Bradley said...

I am looking forward to reading "Give us this day." I was very pleased to have heard Kim Hill interview Helena this morning on national radio. Congratulations on your prize.
I have a passionate interest in Poland.