The Girl from Riga: A memoir

The Girl from Riga: A memoir

by Sibilla Hershey


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When Sibilla Hershey was eight years old, she and her family fled the Soviet troops and left their home in Riga, Latvia. She, her mother, her father, and her ten-year-old brother became refugees. They lived in camps, learned new languages, and yearned for the day when they would once again have a country to call their own.

After spending six years displaced and moving from campsite to campsite, Hershey's family came to the United States to finally begin a new life. Hershey studied chemistry to earn a living and eventually social work to help others like herself.

Hershey has always wanted to tell her story, but she felt held back by the linguistic challenges she faced. Over time, she began to write poetry about her life. Now, for the first time, she's written a memoir in prose detailing her early struggles and the journey that took her from refugee to immigrant to citizen.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781544196107
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/12/2017
Pages: 182
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.42(d)

About the Author

Sibilla Hershey was born in Riga, Latvia, and traveled to the United States at fifteen years old as a World War II displaced person. This is her first memoir about her experience of leaving her home and coming to a new land as a refugee.

Hershey has had her work published in Family Process, Sacramento News and Review, Tule Review, the Anthology of Honoring Motherhood, and other regional literary publications. She has written and published a book of poetry titled The Bleeding Tree.

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