The Silence of the Trees

Valya Dudycz Lupescu
The Silence of the Trees
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Publisher
Wolfsword Press
Release Date
September 2010
ISBN
0982126131
Genre
Literary Romance

SUMMARY
Magic and myth converge to render a tragic period of history and one
woman's life story with vivid realism in The Silence of Trees. As
the novel alternates between the eras of World War II and post
Vietnam, Valya Dudycz Lupescu tells the story of Nadya and her legacy,
her family and the traditions that they share. Nadya survives World
War II and travels with the magic of her people's folklore and
traditions to America to build a new life.

Book Review by Veronica Marie Beaumont (author,reviewer)
Mar 31, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
392 people found the following review helpful
Magic and myth converge to render a tragic period of history and one woman's life story with vivid realism in THE SILENCE OF TREES. As the novel alternates between the eras of World War II and post Vietnam, Valya Dudycz Lupescu tells the story of Nadya and her legacy, her family and the traditions that they share. Nadya survives World War II and travels with the magic of her people's folklore and traditions to America to build a new life.

Nadya's name means hope. When readers first encounter her in her small Ukranian village, she exudes it. She sneaks off in the night to visit the gypsy fortune teller despite her mother's warnings. She does not hear her heart's desire -- the fortune of a promising future with her sweetheart. Instead, her reading foretells pain, struggle and strife.

It begins to come to pass far sooner than she expects.

After the destruction of her village by German soldiers, Nadya finds herself in a work camp. While there, she meets her future husband and her soulmate; her soulmate ends up leaving the camp without her. Nadya and Pavlo, her husband, eventually move to America and build a large and loving family steeped in Ukranian tradition. It's their way of honoring the homeland and family that they never expect to see again.

When Nadya receives a letter from Ukraine, she becomes shaken. Like many war survivors, she chose to veil her past in secrecy.

Initially, she did it to protect any surviving members of her family. As the horrors of war filled her life, she did it to forget. Sixty years later, her silence has become a habit that may come between her and her beloved family. She does not know how to respond to the questions about the past from her daughter and granddaughter. She does not know if she should say yes to a second chance at love. She does not know how to respond to the question posed by the envelope carrying the Ukranian address. Which ghosts from her past will be resurrected if she seeks out the sender?

Valya Dudycz Lupescu seamlessly weaves Ukranian folklore and traditions into the events of the book. It is an engaging read to be savored and reread as you discover the stories within Nadya's story. The house spirits and tree spirits become as real as the other characters in the book. Ms Lupescu's writing is lyrical and moving in its simplicity, when giving voice to Nadya and her remembered dead, who have been silent too long.
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