From page one of this lyrical, clear-eyed, and moving novel, Mona Maria Manoliu draws us into her world: a lush universe of sensuality, hunger, and passion. Her story begins in 1977, in a village at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains in Ceausescu's Romania. She is 17 and madly in love with a mysterious, handsome boy called Mihai.
When Mona's friends and family begin to disappear, Mona begins to wonder about this man she has fallen for. One night, narrowly escaping the police, she flees to Chicago, where she struggles to move forward and not to look back, to bury the longing for the country and the man she left without a goodbye. But when her dying father urges her to return to Romania, she realizes that she must journey back to find out the truth about her one great love.
"What is the new American novel? The story of an immigrant, of course.
Train to Trieste is a spirited, passionate, funny look at the world in the time of the new millennium, and Domnica Radulescu is a remarkable writer enriching American letters with her Romanian perspective. We are lucky to call her ours." (Sandra Cisneros)
"I was swept away by Domnica Radulescu's debut novel. It's at once a haunting journey to a faraway country, beautiful and terrifying, and an odyssey straight to the heart of a young girl and the remarkable woman she becomes. Deeply moving and deeply felt, Train to Trieste is an unforgettable story that introduces a new and astonishingly fresh voice." (Arthur Golden)
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