Thursday, July 25, 2019

Someday We Will Fly by Rachel DeWoskin

Someday We Will Fly
Release Date: January 22nd, 2019
Publisher: Penguin Random House | Viking
Genre: Young Adult | Fiction
Pages: 320 Pages
Format: Hardcover
Source: From Publisher
Reason: For Honest Review
Find the Author: Website

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Warsaw, Poland. The year is 1940 and Lillia is 15 when her mother, Alenka, disappears and her father flees with Lillia and her younger sister, Naomi, to Shanghai, one of the few places that will accept Jews without visas. There they struggle to make a life; they have no money, there is little work, no decent place to live, a culture that doesn't understand them. And always the worry about Alenka. How will she find them? Is she still alive? 
Meanwhile Lillia is growing up, trying to care for Naomi, whose development is frighteningly slow, in part from malnourishment. Lillia finds an outlet for her artistic talent by making puppets, remembering the happy days in Warsaw when they were circus performers. She attends school sporadically, makes friends with Wei, a Chinese boy, and finds work as a performer at a "gentlemen's club" without her father's knowledge.
But meanwhile the conflict grows more intense as the Americans declare war and the Japanese force the Americans in Shanghai into camps. More bombing, more death. Can they survive, caught in the crossfire?


I have always been drawn to WWII historical fiction/non-fiction. There is something about that time period that has always spoken to me. Perhaps it's the need to hear the stories of those who lived and died by the tragedies that took place. To hear their voices. Now there is one voice that will always stay close to me, Lillia's. Someday We Will Fly delves into her touching and at times, heartbreaking story that will leave you completely changed long after you've finished the last page. 

Sadly, this was a part of WW2 history that I knew very little about, but I am grateful for Someday We Will Fly as it gave me the opportunity to learn more about this part of history. Though this book may be fiction, it brings forward many true events that took place.

The writing style in this book is lyrical. It flows off of the pages and comes to life as if you are watching the scenes dance right in front of you. It's slow pace building the story brick by brick, and keeping you captivated all at once. This book will bring many emotions to the surface. It will make you feel hopeful and at times completely at a loss. It will tug at your heartstrings and leave a strong impression on you. The author crafted each character with such compassion and delicacy. Though this book be fiction, she is giving voice to many people's stories that are no longer around to tell it. I believe if someone who went through this read this book, they would feel that it was represented authentically. 

There will be books that leave their imprint on you and this is one of them. It is intense and captivating. Though there is despair there is also so much beauty. Lillia's memories of the circus playing vividly in your imagination. Immersing you inside the story. I am so grateful that I had the privilege to read this book and to meet Lillia. Someday We Will Fly is a book that everyone should read at least once in their life.
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