"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.
- Hardcover: 172 pages
- Publisher: Permanent Pr Pub Co; 1st edition (January 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1877946664
- ISBN-13: 978-1877946660
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.7 x 0.8 inches
"Dobryd's freshness and sagacity, its emotional truth, its complete lack of sentimental cheating, mark it as a work of unique talent and singular intelligence."
- Montreal Gazette
"Charney beautifully evokes her fear-filled young narrator's gropings toward maturity and a sense of identity in this moving and memorable first novel. This marvellous story celebrates hope, courage and renewal."
- Publisher's Weekly, USA
"A tale told with great skill and maturity; Ann Charney's book is a tour de force."
- Maclean's, Canada
"One of the best books on a European destiny in our century."
- Stuttgarter Zeitung, Germany
"Along with The Diary of Anne Frank, Mailer's The Naked and the Dead and Kosinski's The Painted Bird, Dobryd will take its place as one of the truly significant works on the effects of war on people."
- Books in Canada
"Original and compelling, this book makes us believe in the possibility of happiness amid the terrors of war."
- Frankfurter Neue Presse, Germany