Author Creates Sweeping Tale of a Young Girl Raised in a Time of Cruely.
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Prescott, Ariz. – When oppressive political regimes rob people of basic human rights, they leave a permanent stain in the records of human history. And, when a population is subjugated by tyranny, individuals bear the weight of personal tragedies and psychological damage. In her new novel Miracles and Cloudberries: A Young East German Girl's Courage of Survival and Escape (published by Balboa Press), Shívana Alexís reveals the appalling horrors endured by a little girl in East Germany during and just after World War II.
Miracles and Cloudberries is the story of Ariane, a young girl whose abusive mother takes her own life after suffering incredible losses during the war.
Burdened by guilt, confused about her faith and frustrated by the tyrannical oppression under which she lives, Ariane struggles to break free from her past. She gathers courage and sets out on a path to find her freedom.
Fraught with bumps and road blocks, the path to Ariane’s freedom unfolds for readers as a dramatic triumph deftly penned in Alexís’ debut novel.
This is what the Kirkus Review has to say: "The meat of the novel—orphaned Ariane’s life under, and eventual escape from, East Germany—is authentically, compellingly told. Alexís’ simple declarative sentences nicely capture the emotionally bruised yet undaunted Ariane’s hunger for something more, despite having never known anything but oppression, Ersatz coffee and poor parenting. Alexís’ work intrigues enough to become a gateway book, compelling history buffs to further explore a little-known chapterof world history."
The Kirkus Review