SONYA BILOCERKOWYCZ DISCUSSES ON OUR WAY HOME FROM THE REVOLUTION
Sonya Bilocerkowycz, author of On Our Way Home from the Revolution: Reflections on Ukraine ( 21st Century Essays ) will be at Mac's on Friday, October 11 at 7 p.m.
The book is a collection of essays by a child of the Ukrainian diaspora who, in the aftermath of the 2014 revolution, becomes disillusioned and returns home. She ultimately considers her national, familial, and ideological heritage, challenges notions of innocence and complicity, and questions the roots of patriotism.
"Part mythology, part personal essay, and part historical fact-finding mission that circles her family's patriotic devotion to Ukraine, Sonya Bilocerkowycz asks what it means to love a country that struggles to confront its complicated history and wonders what to make of the incomplete narrative she inherited as a child. Tender, probing, and deeply honest." --Angela Pelster
"A fierce, lyrical book that achieves a rare balance between the burden and beauty of heritage. A powerfully American book even as it travels to post-Cold War Ukraine. The best use of memoir is not a how-I-got-to-be-me story, but a book like this--a courageous effort to pierce the secrets of a vexed political and cultural history." --Patricia Hampl
Sonya Bilocerkowycz's work has appeared in Guernica, Colorado Review, The Southampton Review, Image, Ninth Letter, and Crab Orchard Review. She has served as a Fulbright grantee in Belarus, an educational recruiter in the Republic of Georgia, and an instructor at Ukrainian Catholic University.