This multilayered and intricately patterned novel is one in the prize-winning series of historical novels We. Latvia. The 20th Century. It is an unflinching exploration of wartime Latvia in 1940-41, the time of Soviet repression and deportations and the workings of memory, memories and remembrance. But above all, it is a woman's story or the story of women. The horrific events of these years are delineated through women's experiences, their different ways of enduring the horrors – by avoiding, coping or confronting, and their reactions, that range from terror and despair to joy and hope.
Māra Rozīte, editor