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The Exner family is also torn apart. Some go to Germany, others to Poland. Most try to reach Canada. Four strong women, separated by fate, and sent off in different directions, attempt to hold the family together. Each woman, in her own way, tries to gain something from life. Giving up is not an option. Trust in God and cherishing their inherited Christian religion - no matter where fate sends them - are the guides that help them conquer whatever’s inflicted upon them. It’s these women who safeguard the survival of the family.
The author, a descendant of the women of Janowka, follows the life of his forefathers in the book’s subplot. In doing so he ends up in a reality of which he was still unaware. Continents away, he tracks down the children and grandchildren of these women. He’s surprised to discover the distinctive traits that the family has inherited. Personality quirks, talents, attitudes, and even physical appearances are strongly defined. From religious influence on lifestyle, to eating habits, there are striking similarities - even after a hundred year separation.
Despite all the tragedies and cruelties, this book is a tribute to life. Comical incidents and a solid sense of humor have as much an influence on people as war, persecution and strokes of misfortune. At the end of the book, readers, just like the characters in the story, become reconciled with God and the world.
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