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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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User Review  - JanaRose1 - LibraryThing

At the age of 5, Ann had spent most of her time living in a barn loft as her family hid from the Nazi's. The book begins as they are liberated and try and find their way back into the real world ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

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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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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