In Love with Jerzy Kosinski: A Novel by Agate Nesaule

By Agate Nesaule

From Agate Nesaule, acclaimed by means of writers around the globe from Doris Lessing to Tim O’Brien, comes a long-awaited novel. In Love with Jerzy Kosinski is a narrative of braveness and patience, exploring in fiction the topics that gripped readers of Nesaule’s award-winning memoir, A lady in Amber.
    After fleeing Latvia as a baby, Anna Duja escapes Russian confinement in displaced individuals camps and finally arrives in the USA. Years later, she unearths herself in a special form of captivity on remoted Cloudy Lake, Wisconsin, dwelling along with her disarming yet manipulative husband, Stanley.
    encouraged via the transformation of Polish-Jewish émigré Jerzy Kosinski from persecuted wartime escapee to superstar writer in the United States, Anna slips clear of Stanley and Cloudy Lake in small steps: studying to force, making acquaintances, relocating to Madison, falling in love, and studying to forgive. Readers will applaud the book’s strength, the great thing about its prose, and its robust evocation of a girl steadily discovering her method within the wake of trauma.
 
Winner, the Chancellor’s nearby Literary Award, college of Wisconsin-Whitewater

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C I ’d rather go to Indianapolis by myself this time,” Anna said. It was difficult for her to translate back and forth for Stanley, and his feelings got hurt anyway because people continued to speak in Latvian rather than switching to English just because he was there. He wanted Anna to give them a piece of his mind and to report back that they were sorry they had insulted him. “Are you crazy? You’ll get yourself killed driving through Chicago. ” “But Indianapolis will be boring for you, Stanley.

She felt surprisingly peaceful and safe as she fell asleep. A man in black rags shook her awake. “Get out of here, woman, before you give all of us away. ” She was too terrified to object or to ask questions, but a few days later she heard that the Germans had rounded up Jews hiding in crypts and that they had started regular patrols of all the other cemeteries as well. “Thank you for telling me,” Anna said after a long pause. She knew her words were inadequate. “But what about you, Anna? ” Anna had not even mentioned leaving Stanley, so to talk about the war and its aftermath was out of the question.

He went with her to visit her dolls and stuffed animals, and he listened with apparent interest to what this motherless family—two bears as father and brother, and three dolls as sisters—had done during the day. While she put the dolls and bears to bed, each in a separate room in her elaborate dollhouse, he retreated to his study. He looked up and smiled at her whenever she joined him. They ate dinner together, just the two of them, at opposite ends of a long table. While innumerable courses were discreetly set down by a maid, he told her the plots of operas and plays: brave men risked their lives for their native lands and for the women they worshipped, beautiful women sang as they were dying for love, and passion was worth every cost.

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