The Amber Coast

24Nov10

I am a little late with this post… because I want to give you all lots of time to order your copy before the holidays.

My mother-in-law wrote this book.  It’s about her childhood, fleeing Latvia as the Soviets took over, then being moved from Germany to Sweden, and finally, to Montreal.  She recounts the strength and bravery of her father in creating a new life for his family, and describes how her family held on to their cultural identity during this long period of upheaval.  As a mother, it was especially moving to read about the stress and strain the whole experience had on her mother, dealing with uncertainty, illness and isolation.  Even if you aren’t family, The Amber Coast is an absorbing read.  I am so glad Ilse wrote this book.  I think she should write more!

For additional inspiration, go to her Cultural Page for the Piragi recipe (E’s favourite food).

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