Honey and Ashes: A Story of Family

Honey and Ashes: A Story of Family

by Janice Kulyk Keefer, Janice K. Keefer

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Overview

Janice Kulyk Keefer was born in Canada, a country that for her immigrant family meant a land as free as the future itself. But she was also born into the history of her family's homeland, receiving both the gift and the burden of a past that often seems "an equal spill of beauty and blood". Now she has set out to build a bridge of words between contemporary Canada and the ancient village of Staromischyna, once part of Poland, now in Ukraine.

Honey and Ashes is novel-like in its sweep of personal and public history, and its ability to draw us into the complex mysteries of family. It moves from an extraordinary wealth of stories about life in Staromischyna and Depression-era Toronto, to an absorbing account of how the complex, troubled histories of Poland and Ukraine shadowed these stories, and it ends with a difficult journey back to the actual place where the stories began. It is a breathtaking book that will touch all those who feel compelled to search the landscape of memory for a glimpse of their true selves.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780006485049
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/28/2000
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

Map of Eastern Europe, 1936
x
Map of Eastern Europe, 1997
xi
Family Tree xii
Author's Note xiii
Prologue --- A Bridge of Words 3(8)
I --- The Old Place
An Equal Spill of Beauty and Blood
11(7)
Sweet Home, Sweet Home
18(13)
Love, Marriage, Secrets
31(16)
Families: Ashes and Honey
47(14)
Tomasz: A Glorious Stranger
61(17)
Olena: Snow on Her Sleeves
78(11)
Childhood: No Kisses and No Toys
89(13)
Two Sisters: Two Eyes
102(9)
II --- Departures, Arrivals: Staromischyna-Toronto
Blue Stones, Bananas, the Immigrant Shuffle
111(19)
Schooling: Thread and Ink
130(25)
Happy Endings, Border Crossings
155(12)
III --- Journeying Out
Eastern Galicia: War and "Peace"
167(23)
Each Small Hand an Open Eye
190(25)
IV --- Journeying In
The Imagination of Disaster
215(15)
Azure Eating Ashes
230(14)
L'viv: Ghostprints
244(17)
Ternopil': Field of Thorns
261(10)
Staromischyna: Blood for the Ghosts
271(22)
A Ditch and Two Rivers
293(11)
Skarszewy: Skeleton Speech
304(22)
Epilogue --- Homecoming 326(4)
Acknowledgements 330(3)
Source of Quotations 333(4)
Selective Bibliography 337

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