Flight of the Swallows
A dramatic story sourced from the author's past, Flight of the Swallows is set against defining events of the twentieth century-wars and political upheavals. It is a riveting tale of love, courage, human flaws and ultimate redemption, where the next generation emerges from shadows of the past and thrives. 1939: young lovers Rosa and Dan escape the holocaust in Nazi-occupied Poland, fleeing to the depths of Russia. Through their eyes-and subsequently through Nina, their daughter-we are taken on an enthralling journey across Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Siberia, Poland and ultimately, to Australia. The book is a poignant account of what people will do to survive, their sacrifices and their secrets, and how their ordeal affects the next generation. It leaves us thinking-what shapes our lives and makes us the people we are? Is it the world around us or is it written in our DNA?
Raya Klinbail, a family doctor, was born in Kazakhstan through a vagary of history. Before her first birthday a Kazakh clan had offered a bride price for her. Her parents resisted and returned to Poland where in her early years she was brainwashed by Communist propaganda. A temporary detente allowed the family to migrate to Australia where Raya grew up to question everything.