In To Siberia, an unnamed girl-called Sistermine by her beloved brother Jesper-grows up in WWII Denmark, but dreams of escaping to the idyllic countryland in Siberia. The siblings' already uninvolved parents become even more distant after a family member's suicide. And following the German invasion of Denmark, the now teenaged brother and sister begin to grow apart as well. Jesper longs for the warm southern sun of Morocco, while Sistermine dreams of Siberia's peaceful plains. The siblings' divergent paths are underscored by the intense loneliness of their separation. As Sistermine hopes to be reunited with her brother, she realizes that her dreams of happiness may have passed her by.
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by Per Petterson
by Joyce Carol Oates
by Sarah Dessen
by Elizabeth Doyle Carey
by Karen Kingsbury
by Coleen Murtagh Paratore
by Pamela Wells
by Louise Rennison
"This story of a Danish girl as she grows to her early 20s is an introspective tale worth telling, and hearing. The unnamed girl dreams of getting away as she grows up during WWII. Her most important relationship is with her brother; her parents remain emotionally distant from their children. As politics seep into her brother's life, she continues to dream, and they part to distant lands. Petterson's book lingers on some scenes too long, then jumps years. Stina Nielsen simply doesn't help the story much. While Nielsen's narration is clear, she doesn't vary the characters who move in and out of the protagonist's life, nor does she cull the emotion that brews beneath the surface. M.B. (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine"
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