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WHAT WE LEAVE BEHIND by Barb Solberg

WHAT WE LEAVE BEHIND

by Barb Solberg

420 pages
Told from the perspective of a Norwegian homesteader wife and three of her daughters, this family saga intersects homesteading with the lesser-known history of Norway in World War II and leaves the family with allegiance to two flags.

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About the Book
Martin and Asta came to America in 1913 to homestead and create a better life for themselves and a hoped-for family. Nineteen years later during the difficult years of the Great Plains Dust Bowl, they intend to improve the lives of three of their nine children by sending their eighteen-year-old daughter with her two younger sisters to Norway to live with relatives for two years.

But things do not go according to plan.

The oldest sister falls in love with and marries a young Norwegian man leaving the two younger sisters with no one to take them home. By 1940, when Germany invades Norway, the two younger sisters were living with the family relative who in the meantime married a Quisling, a member of the Norwegian Nazi Party. The two sisters miss the last US evacuee ship out of Petsamo, Finland, and soon German soldiers take one sister to Grini, a concentration camp north of Oslo. Eventually she and her older sister both marry men active in the Norwegian Resistance Movement of WWII.

Will the entire family ever reconnect?

 

Reviews
An unforgettable family saga that tells the story of strong women whose family ties can never be severed even though they know that some things need to be left behind. My book club will like this.
- Donna
An unforgettable story of a family whose good intentions get derailed by unforeseen circumstances and some things just get left behind.
- Bev

 

 

About the Author
Barb Solberg Barb Solberg, a native North Dakotan, spent most of her professional career teaching speaking and writing. She has published in magazines and newspapers as well as with Harcourt College Publishers. Retired now, she and her husband have two adult children and five grandchildren and live in North Dakota.

 

 

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