Train to Trieste

Train to Trieste

Book - 2008
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An incandescent love story--a thrilling debut novel--that moves from Romania to America, from the Carpathian Mountains to Chicago, from totalitarianism to freedom, and from passionate infatuation to profound understanding.

In the summer of 1977, seventeen-year-old Mona Manoliu falls in love with Mihai, a mysterious, green-eyed boy who lives in Brasov, the romantic mountain city where she spends her summers. She can think of nothing, and no one, else. But life under the dictatorship of Nicolae Ceausescu is difficult. Hunger and paranoia infect everyone; fear, too. And one day, Mona sees Mihai wearing the black leather jacket favored by the secret police. Could he be one of them?

As food shortages worsen, as more and more of her loved ones disappear in "accidents," Mona comes to understand that she must leave Romania. She escapes in secret--narrowly avoiding the police--through Yugoslavia to Italy, and then to Chicago, a city she calls "fit for my hunger." But she leaves without saying a final good-bye to Mihai. And though she struggles to bury her longing for the past--she becomes a doctoral student, marries, has children--she finds herself compelled to return to her country, determined to learn the truth about her one great love.

Seductive, suspenseful, intensely evocative, and told in an astonishingly original, poetic voice, Train to Trieste is a force of language and emotion, as acutely observed as it is impossible to put down.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2008.
ISBN: 9780307268235
Characteristics: 305 p. ;,22 cm.


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Feb 11, 2015

Audiobook Please!!

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