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The debut narrative non-fiction from Oksana Kukurudza: a daughter of Ukrainian refugees who made a successful life for herself in New York City. In Sunflowers Bend but Rarely Break, Oksana shares her Ukrainian parents' experiences growing up in Ukraine in the 1920s and 1930s, being duped into going to Germany to work as slaves for the Third Reich and becoming displaced person refugees in Germany after liberation before finally making a home in the United States to raise their twelve children. Oksana also details the loss of loved ones from war and what it was like for her family to be separated for fifty plus years from their families behind the iron curtain until their bittersweet reunion that started Oksana on her own unforgettable journey.

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