Monday, August 11, 2014

Featured Book: Barbed Wire and Daisies by Carol Strazer

About the book:

As the Russian army advances on war-torn Prussia at the end of World War II, Marike Wiens gathers her four young children and flees for Denmark, the only place willing to accept German refugees. Marike arrives in Danzig just as the Allied bombs begin to fall. She and her children pick their way through the rubble to reunite with Marike's gravely ill father and the rest of her family. Together, they board an overcrowded, disease-infested ship bound for Denmark. Arriving at the refugee camp, Marike's hopes for a safe haven are dashed when she discovers the Danes have been forced to create the camps under orders from the occupying German army. Danish hostility toward the mostly women and children who cross their borders is palpable. Behind the barbed wire, Marike and her family face near starvation, illness, mistreatment, and heart-rending conditions. Moved from camp to camp, Marike struggles to keep her family alive and to hold onto their Mennonite faith. Her only hope for survival lies with her husband, Horst, who is missing in action on the Eastern Front. But as the months go by and thousands of refugees perish around her, Marike must find a new solution to save her family.

About the author:

Carol Strazer is a freelance writer who has published numerous articles in local and regional publications and edited a community newsletter. Three of her essays have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Catholic Soul: Living Catholic Faith and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Tough Times, Tough People and recently in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Answered Prayer. In March 2009, her essay was selected a winner in the Woman's Day and American Library Association's contest and was published in Woman's Day. Her poem, Snow Falling like Commas, was a third place winner in a poetry contest and appeared in Sunflowers and Seashells: Nature's Miles. Carol has a bachelor's degree in speech/English from Northwestern University and a master's degree in counseling psychology from Lewis and Clark College. This is her first novel. She lives in Colorado and Arizona.

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