Donna Urbikas, author of My Mother's Sister

Event date: 
Friday, December 9, 2016 - 6:00pm

A searing tale of war, trauma, and survival. Donna Solecka Urbikas grew up in the Midwest during the golden years of the American century. But her Polish-born mother and half sister had endured dehumanizing conditions during World War II, as slave laborers in Siberia. War and exile created a profound bond between mother and older daughter, one that Donna would struggle to find with either of them.

In the 1950s, baby boomer Donna yearns for a “normal” American family while Janina and Mira are haunted by the past. In this unforgettable memoir, Donna recounts her family history and her own survivor’s story, finally understanding the damaged mother who had saved her sister.

Donna Solecka Urbikas was born in Coventry, England, and immigrated with her parents and sister to Chicago in 1952. After careers as a high school science teacher and environmental engineer, she is now a writer, realtor, and community volunteer. She lives in Chicago with her husband.

Event address: 
315 W. Gorham St.
Madison, WI 53703-2218
My Sister's Mother: A Memoir of War, Exile, and Stalin's Siberia Cover Image
ISBN: 9780299308506
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Published: University of Wisconsin Press - April 27th, 2016