Author(s): Krystine Tomaszyk
In this true story, Krystine Tomaszyk looks back over her life, the earliest memories of which take place as her world, and that of all around her, shatters with the invasion of Poland by the German and then the Soviet army and her deportation to Siberia. This poignant narrative is, at the same time, a dramatic physical journey, by a very long route to New Zealand, and an exploration of the mind of a child, coping with and making meaning of the events she is caught up in. Essence is a mosaic of emotional colours, pieced together with honesty and artistry. The author's candour offers an intimate insight into deep-felt and beautifully expressed human emotions.