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The Ashes of Innocence ~ 2nd Printing ~ New content and Epilogue

The Ashes of Innocence ~ 2nd Printing ~ New content and Epilogue

EVEN AT THE AGE OF SIXTY AND SEVENTY, THE FORGOTTEN CHILDREN OF THE GERMAN DP CAMPS, BORN DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR, ARE STILL ASKING QUESTIONS.

THE ASHES OF INNOCENCE IS AN ADULT CHILD’S JOURNEY BACK TO THAT HORRIFIC BEGINNING. UNCOVERING THE EMOTIONAL AND HISTORICAL EVENTS SURROUNDING HER BIRTH, AND AS AN IMMIGRANT CHILD NEWLY ARRIVED IN CANADA, ALEXANDRA TESLUK PUTS A VOICE TO A GENERATION OF DISPLACED CHILDREN.

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“Who is my father?” All through The Ashes of Innocence, this is the central question that has haunted author Alexandra Tesluk’s entire life, emotionally and physically, from her birth as a displaced person in Camp Lyssenko to her life in Canada.

Arriving in a country where refugees from Europe are still being touted as “Europe’s unwelcomed” the struggles and choices of her mother implicate Alexandra as a young girl into a life of servitude and abusive family situations. With every year in Canada, from the cruelty of the schoolyard to the dubious equality of the workplace, Alexandra reinvents gossamer memories of an absent father at every stage of life as her own personal glimmer of hope during times of extreme struggle.

Through adversity Alexandra finds her strength; through strength, the human spirit excels: Out of Europe, a fragmented family emerges, broken, hungry, seeking stability. The Ashes of Innocence takes up the thread in the new world as layers of social isolation and emotional longing, offer a harrowing and precarious narrative. As each experience, from being rejected by her family and her peers, to accomplishing a career at a time when men dominated the workplace, The Ashes of Innocence shows an industrious and quiet faith; and as readers we cheer Alexandra on at every turn of fate. Written in a conversational style that brings an immediacy and poignancy, we sympathize with her alienation, we are encouraged by her perseverance, and we celebrate in her self-determination.

Recent Review Quotes:

The Ashes of Innocence is about overcoming the obstacles of abuse and eventually learning forgiveness … This book is a moving tribute to her father and his family who in turn become hers. I would recommend this book to anyone who has had to experience abuse. You may find strength in reading Alexandra’s courageous story.”

–Bookroom Reviews, http://www.bookroomreviews.com/

“From page 1… I never once felt bored or distracted … as a first book by Tesluk I was very impressed by her deep and thought provoking style of writing … Tesluk’s book is diffidently a powerful page turner and an intense story of finding love.”

—The Opinioned Reader, http://theopinionedreader.blogspot.com/

The Ashes of Innocence is a story that emphasizes the complexity and uniqueness of human beings… [Alex writes with a] subjective touch that is both delicate and devastating. It may be too intense or subjective for some, but for those who can hear Alexandra speaking through these pages, this is a journey is worth taking.”

—The Bookshelf Review, http://bookshelfreviews.blogspot.com/

“The Ashes of Innocence is an autobiography which takes you on a roller coaster ride of emotions throughout an incredible journey with Alexandra as she struggles to overcome the continuous challenges that face her. As Alexandra grows from infancy to adulthood, a sense of protectiveness and inspiration grows within the reader.”

—Page One Lit, http://pageonelit.com/

“The story is written in a clear style … the characters are well drawn and described. It is a moving story that caters to women and men alike, and all those who have lost hope sometime in their lives … Cruelty to kids and abuse is still a big issue, and Alexandra’s book shows that this important issue has to be resolved. Children should be allowed to live their childhoods happily and find love and affection.”

—Rambles, http://www.rambles.net/tesluk_ashes08.html

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For your autographed copy of The Ashes of Innocence please contact me at alexandratesluk@gmail.com

Retail $21.95
ISBN: 9780980894202