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One Hundred Years of Exile

Author : Tania Romanov

Genre : Memoir, Nonfiction

As much memoir as history, Tania Romanov takes us on a  journey through 100 years of history to find peace with her father. Tania Romanov Amochaev and her father were both exiled from their homelands as infants; both knew life in refugee camps. Their shared fate did not lead to mutual understanding.

The family’s immigration to San Francisco heralded a promising new future―but while Tania just wanted to be an American, her father could not trust that he won’t be uprooted again. His fears and his resistance to assimilation leave Tania with deep resentment toward him and her Russian heritage. Decades later, his unexpected death exposes Tania’s open wounds and a host of unanswered questions about her father and his story. She realizes that “is was her father’s pain that she needed to heal from.”

A serendipitous meeting with a last surviving member of the Russian royal family, followed by a baffling error that miraculously connects her with unknown relatives, catapults Tania on a quest for answers in her father’s homeland.

Tania’s story proves inseparable from Russia’s, featuring Cossacks who fled revolution, a family who survived Stalin, and a family of royal exiles, culminating in a meeting between princess and peasant.

One Hundred Years of Exile is a well-crafted story of how revisiting the past can bring not only forgiveness and redemption, but something far more powerful as well.

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