Check out my Between Shades of Gray book summary and Review that I created to help you understand the basics of this great book. The Invisible Summer in Me (Original Title: Between Shades of Gray) is a young adult historical novel by Ruta Sepetis, an American-American-Lithuanian author.

It tells the story of 15-year-old Lena, who was deported to Siberia with her mother and brother. The struggle for survival begins. Sepetis's first novel, Between Shades of Gray, was published in English by Philomel Books on March 22, 2011 and has 384 pages.

Between Shades of Gray book

 The German translation of the title End in the Invisible Summer was published by Carlsen Verlag on August 25, 2011 and consists of 304 pages. Translated by Henning Ahrens. The book was published in 50 countries.

Between Shades of Gray book summary :

Lina Vilkas is introduced as a young artist who lives comfortably in her home in Kaunas, Lithuania with her loving family. But, on June 14, 1941, Soviet officers (NKVD) broke into her home, tearing her family apart from their familiar comfortable life.

Separated from her father and forced into a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, along with her mother and her younger brother Jonas, slowly headed north to an action camp in the coldest part of Siberia. Here under Stalin's direction they are forced to dig bits and fight for their lives in the most brutal situations. Lina befriends many and works hard to feed and survive with her mother and brother.

Arriving at the camp, Lina and her family are forced to live with Ulyushka, a cruel, seemingly heartless woman who initially dislikes the Vilkas family and constantly rents them food and other items from them. Lena's mother Elena Vilkas is kind and generous to Ulyushkar, although Lina and her brother Jonas do not understand why.

The family befriends Lithuanian exiles, including Andreas Arvidas (who later became interested in Lina's love), Mr. Stalus (referred to as Baldman, who secretly adds a touch of humor to the Jew and his terrible advice and low temper), Mrs.

An NKVD member, in particular, clings to Lina: Nikolai Kretzowski. Although he does not necessarily appear as kind or helpful at first, Kretzowski befriends Lina and her mother. While surrounded by other NKVD members, he is seen as merely cruel to Lena.

He doesn't seem to want to hurt Lina unless he has to. She is described as young, blonde-haired, and blue-eyed, and can be considered quite handsome. Their relationship grows and remains important throughout the book.

Andreas Arvidas is a source of comfort for the handsome, golden-brown haired, and Lena. At first, she disliked him, dismissing him as "stupid" because he smoked his book, which was a gift from his dead grandmother.

 Their friendship swells but gets into trouble when Lina accuses Andreas and her mother of working for NKVD. It turns out that her mother was inadvertently used as a prostitute because of her beauty, but only to protect her son. Andreas became more or less in love with Lena and gave her a new book.

Lena and her family are separated from Andreas when they are taken to a different camp across the Arctic Circle. There, they are forced to build their own shelters to survive.

But then Lena's mother died. When Lena suspects she will survive, a doctor, as well as a visitor to the work camp, shows up and gives everyone blankets and food. The doctor took them home. After another long journey, Lina finds Andreas and they get married.

Between Shades of Gray book Review :

In Lithuania in the 1940s, members of the learned middle class, Lina and her family led a comfortable, happy life. Fifteen-year-old Lena has the world and all her promises in front of her, especially when she learns that she has been accepted into one of the most prestigious art schools in all of Europe. A.

But one night in 1941, the NKVD attacked Lina's home - the Narodni Commissar Vanutrenich Dale, aka the dreaded Soviet police force responsible for silencing political opposition and anti-communist sentiments (through deportation, imprisonment and execution) under Joseph Stalin.

Lena's family has been identified by the Soviets as pro-fascist and political enemies, and has been given a few minutes to pack their valuables before disappearing from their homes forever. Between Shades of Gray is Lena's story where she, her mother and her brother fight to stay together and survive.

Carrying cattle in carts and taking hundreds of miles to Siberia to work hard in unimaginable situations, then back in the Arctic Circle, Lena's story is one of pain, endurance and survival.

When I first heard about this book, I was fascinated by the real setting of the novel - Ruta Sepetis, daughter of Lithuanian Amigris, and father of Between Shades of Gray Sepetis, a refugee who fled Lithuania as a child.

Through this first novel, Septis tries to tell the story of the Baltic states - Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia - which disappeared from the map during Stalin's occupation and clearing of territory in 1941. Needless to say, this novel is a work that is clearly incredibly important to the author, and should be equally important for readers of all ages, as it speaks of the Lithuanian experience in World War II during Stalin's rule.

Although many have read about the atrocities committed against Jews during the Holocaust, fewer books have been read or written about Stalin's atrocities, especially in Lithuania and other Baltic states. The story and Mrs. Sepetis accomplish what she sets out to do.

It tells well-known stories of heartache, brutality and death (such as midnight arrests, bullock carts, labor camps, disease, starvation and death), but from a Lithuanian / Soviet perspective (as opposed to a Jewish / Nazi perspective).

From a writing and character perspective, Between Shades of Gray does a solid job as a work of historical fiction. From Lena's first person's point of view, we see and feel everything that is revealed through the eyes. To that end, much of the novel revolves around Lena's character development and her narrative power - and both elements, I am happy to say, have been beautifully executed.

 Lina is a heroine who is both relational and powerful, and unknowingly heads towards a man who can expose her family to months and years. I also like the art thread that runs throughout the book, and Lena's skills as an artist, her love of stage work,

And the hope he has in his sketches - to leave a clue for his father, yes, but also to tell the story of his family and other Lithuanians as they have been systematically exiled and disappeared. Other characters, especially Lena's beautiful and educated mother, have been given the same depth and height, and much more rounded, powerful lessons have been given in Between Shades of Greece.

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