Walking on Ice: A Novel

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Tate Publishing, 2012 - 192 pages
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I became aware of tensions, undercurrents, shadows, whispers, nods, half words, syllables, communicating things I did not understand. Behind the word they lurked a larger, indefinable, abstract, but ominous presence. I wondered what one could put in ink on a page that would be so dangerous, so infinitely evil.
Agnes, a young girl in Poland, shares her life with us as she tries to find her place in her family and her country. But the more she learns, the more out of place she becomes. When Comrade Stalin dies, Agnes's father pushes the limits and is sent to prison for crimes against them. So now Agnes and her mother are alone in the icy waters of an oppressive system run by an unpredictable government. Agnes starts to learn the difference between truth and lies, but she knows she can never escape as long as they are in charge.
In Walking on Ice, Maria Pilatowicz paints a poignant picture of a girl breaking into adolescence while trying to balance on the system's slippery surface.
 

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Contents

How to Remember Sophie?
11
The Tapeworm
25
The Map of America
39
Landscapes
59
Chinese Porcelain
75
The Crocodile and the Swamp Master
99
The Enemy
115
Men Women Babies and Urban Inspectors
133
Princess Dragonfly
149
Maggots
161
Walking on Ice
175
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