…I became aware of tensions, undercurrents, shadows, whispers, nods, half words, syllables, communicating things I did not understand. Behind the word “they” lurked a larger, indefinable, abstract, but ominous presence. I wondered what one could put in ink on a page that would be so dangerous, so infinitely evil.Agnes, a young girl in Poland, shares her life with us as she tries to find her place in her family and her country. But the more she learns, the more out of place she becomes. When Comrade Stalin dies, Agnes’s father pushes the limits and is sent to prison for crimes against them. So now Agnes and her mother are alone in the icy waters of an oppressive system run by an unpredictable government. Agnes starts to learn the difference between truth and lies, how things may appear and how they really are.
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