Crossing the Borders of Time: A True Story of War, Exile, and Love Reclaimed

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Other Press, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 494 pages
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   On a pier in Marseille in 1942, with desperate refugees pressing to board one of the last ships to escape France before the Nazis choked off its ports, an 18-year-old German Jewish girl was pried from the arms of the Catholic Frenchman she loved and promised to marry.  As theLiparicarried Janine and her family to Casablanca on the first leg of a perilous journey to safety in Cuba, she would read through her tears the farewell letter that Roland had slipped in her pocket:“Whatever the length of our separation, our love will survive it, because it depends on us alone. I give you my vow that whatever the time we must wait, you will be my wife. Never forget, never doubt.” 
   Five years later – her fierce desire to reunite with Roland first obstructed by war and then, in secret, by her father and brother – Janine would build a new life in New York with a dynamic American husband.  That his obsession with Ayn Rand tormented their marriage was just one of the reasons she never ceased yearning to reclaim her lost love.  
   Investigative reporter Leslie Maitland grew up enthralled by her mother’s accounts of forbidden romance and harrowing flight from the Nazis. Her book is both a journalist’s vivid depiction of a world at war and a daughter’s pursuit of a haunting question: what had become of the handsome Frenchman whose picture her mother continued to treasure almost fifty years after they parted? It is a tale of memory that reporting made real and a story of undying love that crosses the borders of time.

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Review: Crossing the Borders of Time: A True Story of War, Exile, and Love Reclaimed

User Review  - Sarah - Goodreads

In Crossing the Boarders of Time, Leslie Maitland tells her mother Janine's story. It is a love story, or rather a lost love story, and she starts the book by telling you that as her father lay dying ... Read full review

Review: Crossing the Borders of Time: A True Story of War, Exile, and Love Reclaimed

User Review  - Karen - Goodreads

I wish Goodreads had 1/2 star ratings, as I'd rate this one 4.5 stars. The book is non-fiction: a sort of history/biography/memoir. At the macro level the book is about what happened to many German ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Leslie Maitland is an award-winning former New York Times investigative reporter and national correspondent who covered the Justice Department. She appears regularly on the Diane Rehm Show on NPR to discuss literature. She lives with her husband in Bethesda, Maryland.

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