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Permanent Press, Jan 1, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 170 pages
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"By the time I was five years old, I had spent half my life hidden away in a barn loft." So begins a Jewish girl's account of her childhood amid the ruins of World War II. The time is 1944, the setting a Polish town which has just been liberated from the Germans by the Red Army. While adults mourn what is lost forever, the narrator explores a world forbidden to her for so long, discovering the pleasures of the senses and the company of other children. An autobiographical novel by a writer from Montreal.

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First published in 1973 by a small Canadian press, this autobiographical debut novel, from the Montreal-based Charney, renders the extraordinary events of a childhood in post-WW II Poland in a ... Read full review


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This autobiographical first novel is a spare, unsentimental memoir of a young Jewish girl growing up in a chaotic environment at the end of World War II. The unnamed narrator is five years old when ... Read full review


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About the author (1996)

Ann Charney was born in Poland & educated at McGill University & the Sorbonne in Paris. She lives in Montreal, Canada. A novelist, short story writer & journalist, she has received awards both for her fiction & nonfiction, including two National Magazine Awards, the Chatelaine Fiction Prize, & the Canadian Author's Association Prize. Her short stories have appeared in "Ms. Magazine", "Paris Transcontinental", "Saturday Night", "Descant", "The Canadian Forum", "The Queen Quarterly" & others. Her nonfiction has appeared in leading Canadian & U.S. magazines; it has been selected for inclusion in "Best Canadian Essays" & the "Utne Review". She has been a political columnist for "McLean's" & a book reviewer for "The Toronto Star", "The Globe & Mail", "The Gazette", "Books in Canada", & "The London Times Book Review".

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