THEY TOOK ME IN MY NIGHTGOWN.
Thinking back, the signs were there – family photos burned in the fireplace, Mother sewing her best silver jewellery into the lining of her coat late at night, and Papa nor returning from work.
The priest looked up, flung oil, and made the sign of the cross as our train rolled away.
He was issuing last rites.
Between Shades Of Grey by Ruta Sepetys
Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they’ve known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin’s orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions.
Lina finds solace in her art, meticulously–and at great risk–documenting events by drawing, hoping these messages will make their way to her father’s prison camp to let him know they are still alive. It is a long and harrowing journey, spanning years and covering 6,500 miles, but it is through incredible strength, love, and hope that Lina ultimately survives. Between Shades of Gray is a novel that will steal your breath and capture your heart.
This book has been on my shelves for a while now and I’m super excited to read it! I’d love to read you opinions on it, if you read it.