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BOOK REVIEW: LIBERATION BY JOANNA SCOTT

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Adriana Nardi has vivid memories of what happened to her many years ago. When she was a young girl, she was locked in a kitchen closet during the liberation of Elba after World War II. While locked in the closet, she remembers hearing shoes shuffling, water trickling down a pipe and soft breathing. During this frightful period, one thought kept running through her mind - what time is it now? If she knew the time, it might help her get through the night.

Adriana is now seventy. On a train ride from her home in New Jersey to New York, all she could do was think about the liberation. Adriana realized she was not feeling very well. She was feeling short of breath and it hurt to inhale.

During the train ride, Adriana also thought about the Senegalese soldier named Amdu who came to her for refuge. She risked her own safety to help him and at the same time developed strong feelings for the soldier.

As the train continued, Adriana started feeling more ill. She had a heart attack and was taken to the hospital. She comforted herself by thinking about her husband and children, the friends she will see again and many other things we take for granted.

What became of Amdu?

This is a well written, powerful read. What makes it so interesting is the way the author goes back and forth in time from chapter to chapter stressing what Adriana went through as a young girl and how she is now dealing with all of these memories. This book is written in the eloquent writing style for which the author is known. It is well worth the read so be sure to add it to your list.

REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON

DO NOT REPRINT WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE REVIEWER, NANCY EATON

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