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In Search of Anna

A novel

Valerie Volk

In Search of Anna
She is the one I really want; that wandering spirit, the woman who gave birth to my grandfather and could not let him go, even when he had separated himself from her, from the land of his birth, and from all that he had known.

It's a long way from a small southern German village to a farm in New South Wales, but in 1889 Anna Werner sets off alone on a foolish mission, to search for her son who has disappeared in Australia. From Hamburg to the exuberance of the 'Marvellous Melbourne' of the 1800s and the immigrant life of the Riverina German farming community of Jindera, Anna discovers as much about herself as she does about the thriving country she encounters.

In Search of Anna is based on the true story of one woman's long and perilous journey from the small German village of Lewin, to the farms of Jindera in Australia. It has been extensively researched and is full of vivid detail about life in Germany and Australia during the 1800s. It is a sensitive exploration of the relationship between mothers and sons, and tells of a woman's search for herself.

Praise for In Search of Anna
'Using an outline of historical fact, painstaking research and a vibrant poetic imagination Volk has reproduced her (great-grandmotheršs) life and journey in an utterly convincing voice and a wealth of fascinating period detail. 4.5 stars' Katharine England, Advertiser

'When a poet as fine as Valerie Volk focuses that gift on history and family lore the sum is bound to be even greater than the parts.' - Peter Goldsworthy

Valerie Volk is the descendent of a Jindera blacksmith who owned a shop in the main street for over 50 years. She is a writer of poetry, verse novels and short fiction. In past lives she has been a secondary English teacher, tertiary lecturer, and director of an international education program. Valerie has won awards for both poetry and prose and has published widely in journals, anthologies and magazines. She lives in Adelaide.
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Format Paperback
Size 210 x 140 mm
ISBN 9781743056110
Extent 236 pages
Price: AU$29.95 including GST
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