In Love with Jerzy Kosinski: A Novel by Agate Nesaule

By Agate Nesaule

From Agate Nesaule, acclaimed through writers around the globe from Doris Lessing to Tim O’Brien, comes a long-awaited novel. In Love with Jerzy Kosinski is a narrative of braveness and patience, exploring in fiction the topics that gripped readers of Nesaule’s award-winning memoir, A girl in Amber.
    After fleeing Latvia as a baby, Anna Duja escapes Russian confinement in displaced people camps and finally arrives in the USA. Years later, she unearths herself in a special form of captivity on remoted Cloudy Lake, Wisconsin, dwelling together with her disarming yet manipulative husband, Stanley.
    encouraged by way of the transformation of Polish-Jewish émigré Jerzy Kosinski from persecuted wartime escapee to star writer in the US, Anna slips clear of Stanley and Cloudy Lake in small steps: studying to force, making pals, relocating to Madison, falling in love, and studying to forgive. Readers will applaud the book’s energy, the wonderful thing about its prose, and its robust evocation of a girl steadily discovering her manner within the wake of trauma.
 
Winner, the Chancellor’s nearby Literary Award, collage of Wisconsin-Whitewater

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Let’s start with menstruation. ” Alarmed, Anna looked around. Marissa, her favorite student and the only middle-aged woman in her classes the previous semester, had distinguished herself by outspoken opposition to the Vietnam War. But now, eyes firmly fixed on the floor, she looked anything but brave. All that stood between Anna and her turn to speak was Marissa and an eighteen-year-old who sat in the front row in Anna’s freshman English class. Gloria nodded sagely as Jody finished her blood-on-the-whiteskirt account.

It was almost like being in Europe. “At least the Europe I imagine,” Anna amended. ” “It certainly was not,” Sara agreed. “Nor during the war either. But the fragrance reminds me of the bakery I hid in during the war. It wasn’t this rich mixture of vanilla and chocolate, of course, but plain dark-rye bread smells lovely too. ” c T he week after Sara had graduated from high school, the doorbell of her parents’ apartment rang late one night. “I have false papers for you,” Katerina announced. Sara was too surprised to say anything because Katerina was not a friend; she was just a former classmate.

Nor during the war either. But the fragrance reminds me of the bakery I hid in during the war. It wasn’t this rich mixture of vanilla and chocolate, of course, but plain dark-rye bread smells lovely too. ” c T he week after Sara had graduated from high school, the doorbell of her parents’ apartment rang late one night. “I have false papers for you,” Katerina announced. Sara was too surprised to say anything because Katerina was not a friend; she was just a former classmate. The two girls had not been friends even when they sat next to each other in a class on the history of Poland.

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