Was It Worth It: Columbus in Jeans

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Troubador Publishing Ltd, Jul 23, 2019 - Biography & Autobiography - 512 pages

The arrival of the 1980s saw millions living behind the Iron Curtain flee their homeland in search of a better tomorrow. Step-by-step, they trudged persistently to reach their dream of happiness. These were the Columbuses of the 1980s – risk takers who had the courage to test themselves and explore the notoriety of the western world first-hand.


Was It Worth Itis a modern odyssey spanning three continents and following one family’s path to a new, unfamiliar future. It tells of the characters’ struggle to adapt to foreign places, languages and customs. With settings in Lima, Paris, Ottawa, and exploring venues in other countries, the book offers readers an insight into what it takes to start from scratch in an unknown land.


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Contents

Who is it this time?
23
could have been here for Petes sake
43
Hands off everything
66
Volver
83
Skimpy but on ones own
98
Each to the best of their ability
115
Elektra means Canada
126
dont speak French
144
Look around
319
And now well what?
329
You have to really want it
340
Gold mine
350
The whole world has changed
366
As long as my eyes are closed
374
Something just took root
387
Mercy
395

We do not know and will not know
164
Heres the answer
178
Home is where
197
Can one fall in love with such an expanse of land?
215
The first buggy plums
231
It was not written in our stars
248
In this honest country
271
And the aroma of the wide world has spread around us
289
Maybe its only a myth?
307
want more
407
A nest of snakes
415
Well be waiting for you
428
The medals are in the shoebox
443
For better or for worse
456
It all went to Hell
468
Thank you Lord
479
Acknowledgements
491
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About the author (2019)

Liliana Arkuszewska grew up in Szczecin, Poland. In 1981 she left her country to live in Paris. After an eight-month stay, she emigrated to Canada and settled in Ottawa. For several years, she worked at a telecommunications company as a Graphic Designer, and later at a publishing agency as a Production Manager.

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