On Our Way Home from the Revolution: Reflections on Ukraine

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Price
$19.95  $18.35
Publisher
Mad Creek Books
Publish Date
Pages
232
Dimensions
5.4 X 8.3 X 0.6 inches | 0.65 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780814255438

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About the Author

Sonya Bilocerkowycz's work has appeared in Guernica, Colorado Review, The Southampton Review, Image, Ninth Letter, and Crab Orchard Review. She has served as a Fulbright grantee in Belarus, an educational recruiter in the Republic of Georgia, and an instructor at Ukrainian Catholic University.

Reviews

"Part mythology, part personal essay, and part historical fact-finding mission that circles her family's patriotic devotion to Ukraine, Sonya Bilocerkowycz asks what it means to love a country that struggles to confront its complicated history and wonders what to make of the incomplete narrative she inherited as a child. Tender, probing, and deeply honest." --Angela Pelster
"A fierce, lyrical book that achieves a rare balance between the burden and beauty of heritage. A powerfully American book even as it travels to post-Cold War Ukraine. The best use of memoir is not a how-I-got-to-be-me story, but a book like this--a courageous effort to pierce the secrets of a vexed political and cultural history." --Patricia Hampl
"An emotionally urgent personal reckoning ... The granddaughter of Ukrainian refugees, [Bilocerkowycz] grew up steeped in the myths, the language, and the fierce politics of her Ukrainian-American community. On Our Way Home from the Revolution ... opens on the moment when some of these myths and political convictions begin to fray. The subsequent book-length unraveling becomes an affecting meditation on how our identities are formed, and to whom we are responsible." --John Dixon Mirisola, Los Angeles Review of Books

"The essays build to a shocking discovery that provides a thud of misunderstanding about our collective pasts--our very ideas of ourselves--that is so profound that I have a hard time imagining a reader who will not feel equally stunned and seen....[A] magnificent debut."--Annie McGreevy, Chicago Review of Books