Smuggled

Front Cover
Black Cat, 2011 - Fiction - 294 pages
32 Reviews
Sweeping from post–WWII rural Romania to the cosmopolitan Budapest of 1990, Christina Shea’s Smuggled is the story of Eva Farkas, who loses her identity, quite literally, as a young child when she is smuggled in a flour sack across the Hungarian border to escape the Nazis.

Five-year-old Eva is trafficked from Hungary to Romania at the end of the war, arriving in the fictional border town of Crisu, given the name Anca Balaj by her aunt and uncle and instructed never to speak another word of Hungarian again. “Eva is dead,” she is told. As the years pass, Anca proves an unquenchable spirit, with a lust for life even when political forces threaten to derail her at every turn. Time is layered in this quest for self, culminating in the end of the Iron Curtain and Anca’s reclaiming of the name her mother gave her. When Eva returns to Hungary in 1990, a country changing as fast as the price of bread, she meets Martin, an American teacher, and Eva’s lifelong search for family and identity comes full circle as her cross-cultural relationship with Martin deepens through their endeavor to rescue the boy downstairs from abuse.

An intimate look at the effects of history on an individual life, Smuggled is a raw and fearless account of transformation, and a viscerally reflective tale about the basic need for love without claims.
  

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
6
4 stars
17
3 stars
5
2 stars
1
1 star
3

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - A_Reader_of_Fictions - LibraryThing

Beginning in WWII and ending in the early 1990s, Smuggled tells the life story of Eva Farkas, and the story of Hungary and Romania under communist rule. Eva was smuggled out of Hungary thanks to her ... Read full review

Review: Smuggled

User Review  - Simone - Goodreads

It's not what I expected. A nice little story, but the title leads you in the wrong direction. Yes she was smuggled away at a young age, but that's it – the rest of the story has nothing more to do ... Read full review

Related books

Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
47
Section 3
56
Section 4
67
Section 5
88
Section 6
105
Section 7
128
Section 8
150
Section 10
203
Section 11
266
Section 12
293
Section 13
297
Section 14
299
Section 15
300
Section 16
301
Section 17
302

Section 9
166

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Bibliographic information