Daughter of Sorrow
MiroLand (Memoir and Biography)
285 pages |
Gal has written a haunting, gut-wrenching account of her mother’s life in Stalin’s Ukraine. In carefully-measured prose, she recreates the daily lives of those who suffered—and endured.
James King, Professor at McMaster University
Valentina Gal has written a remarkably, delightfully visual story… an introduction to the experience of the powerless. Her focus on the little things, the everyday concerns, doesn’t trivialize the suffering of the many, or the injustices all experienced. Valentina tells us the story from the bottom up.Laurence DeWolfe, Senior Minister at Glenview Presbyterian Church in Toronto
This is a hard story to read, sorrowful and unrelenting in the inhumanity inflicted on the Ukrainian people. Not many survived, and it is hard to imagine how the Ukrainian people fought to survive under such extreme conditions. This book is a loving daughter’s memorial to her mother.
Historical Novel Society
Word Awards: Christian Non-Fiction- Life Stories category (Winner)
About the author
Valentina Gal is the blind daughter of Ukrainian immigrants who settled in Hamilton Ontario after WWII. While at McMaster University, she discovered that her city was diverse and peopled by colourful characters. Her writing and storytelling explore both her mother’s tragic history and her family’s adventures in becoming first generation Canadians.