FAR IS THE MOON OF MY HOME

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iUniverse, Mar 27, 2009 - Fiction - 516 pages
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Newly weds on the roller coaster of love, Ted Hlavacek and his wife, Mona, are spending Christmas 1975 with his family near Boston. When a cousin unexpectedly arrives from Communist Czechoslovakia, she brings Ted disturbing news.

Ted was six when he left Prague in 1939 with his mother and his two brothers, a hairsbreadth ahead of the German army. Vera Hlavacek's mother was Jewish, so even her sons were not safe. Her brother in Jamaica Plain had offered refuge, and Ted grew up American and Catholic.

But now, with this news from cousin Tyla, Ted will return to Czechoslovakia, fortified by Mona's fierce, protective intuition. Tyla surely was misinformed, and in Prague they can lay that story to rest. They haven't had a honeymoon, Mona wants to better understand Ted's childhood, and Ted, tantalized but uneasy about a return to conflicting memories, accepts a temporary assignment to American embassies throughout Eastern Europe.

They fly into Czechoslovakia one morning in May and are welcomed by what remains of Ted's family. The days ahead promise wonders and adventure. But there's a secret Ted has kept from Mona, and a darker one that awaits them both. Adventure becomes nightmare and wondrous Prague a haunted town.

 

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Contents

CHARACTERS
2
Chapter 1
5
Chapter 2
13
Chapter 3
20
Chapter 4
39
Chapter 5
47
Chapter 6
53
Chapter 7
67
Chapter 22
257
Chapter 23
264
Chapter 24
275
Chapter 25
280
Chapter 26
293
Chapter 27
305
Chapter 28
323
Chapter 29
343

Chapter 8
70
Chapter 9
81
Chapter 10
101
Chapter 11
113
Part II
129
CHARACTERS
132
Chapter 12
134
Chapter 13
145
Chapter 14
163
Chapter 15
178
Chapter 16
184
Chapter 17
192
Chapter 18
202
Chapter 19
215
Chapter 20
227
Chapter 21
246
Chapter 30
359
Part III
369
Chapter 31
371
Chapter 32
386
Chapter 33
401
Chapter 34
408
Chapter 35
424
Chapter 36
432
Chapter 37
457
Chapter 38
477
Chapter 39
484
Chapter 40
494
EPILOGUE
499
Acknowledgments
505
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Betsey Barnes and her husband now live in Vermont, but their Foreign Service years were spent mostly outside the United States. Bombay, the first assignment, was followed by Prague, Oberammergau, Moscow, Katmandu, Bucharest, New Delhi, and Santiago, Chile. Betsey?s first book, Unforgiving Heights, was published by Penguin, India.

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