A young man’s search for his grandmother, and himself
By Peter Szabo
He is a young man, navigating career and relationship uncertainties, caught up in his own life. But a grudging afternoon visit in New York City with his grandmother will open windows to an untold family past – and a profound friendship with the extraordinary woman who will change his life.
Finding Maria tells a story of love and discovery, of tragedy and growth. As they walk museums and see films, they talk about her younger years in Budapest, including stories of Holocaust survival and an escape from Communism, leading him to a deeper and more mature understanding of his grandmother, and himself.
Foreword Reviews describes the memoir as “achingly beautiful,” and calls it a “heartfelt, honest look at love and loss across generations of a family,” and Marianne Szegedy-Maszak, author of I Kiss Your Hands Many Times: Hearts, Souls, and Wars in Hungary, writes, “With graceful prose and a sure sense of narrative, Peter Szabo shares his discovery of his family’s past, of their suffering and bravery, betrayals and the catastrophic loses …. the reader is left with memories that seem almost personal, so clearly do these lives nearly become our own.”
This beautiful memoir calls us to ask, to learn, and to love.
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