Crossing the Borders of Time by Leslie Maitland audiobook

Crossing the Borders of Time: A True Story of War, Exile, and Love Reclaimed

By Leslie Maitland
Read by Leslie Maitland

Blackstone Publishing 9781590514962
18.80 Hours Unabridged
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Leslie Maitland is an award-winning former New York Times investigative reporter whose mother and grandparents fled Germany in 1938 for France, where, as Jews, they spent four years as refugees—the last two under risk of Nazi deportation. In 1942 they made it onto the last boat to escape France before the Germans sealed the harbors. Then, barred from entering the United States, they lived in Cuba for almost two years before immigrating to New York. This sweeping account of one family’s escape from the turmoil of war-torn Europe hangs upon the intimate and deeply personal story of the passionate romance between Maitland’s mother and a Catholic Frenchman. Separated by war and her family’s disapproval, the young lovers—Janine and Roland—lose each other for fifty years. It is a testimony to both Maitland’s investigative skills and her devotion to her mother that she successfully traced the lost Roland and was able to reunite him with Janine. Unlike so many stories of love during wartime, theirs has a happy ending.

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Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Leslie Maitland is an award-winning former New York Times investigative reporter whose mother and grandparents fled Germany in 1938 for France, where, as Jews, they spent four years as refugees—the last two under risk of Nazi deportation. In 1942 they made it onto the last boat to escape France before the Germans sealed the harbors. Then, barred from entering the United States, they lived in Cuba for almost two years before immigrating to New York.

This sweeping account of one family’s escape from the turmoil of war-torn Europe hangs upon the intimate and deeply personal story of the passionate romance between Maitland’s mother and a Catholic Frenchman. Separated by war and her family’s disapproval, the young lovers—Janine and Roland—lose each other for fifty years. It is a testimony to both Maitland’s investigative skills and her devotion to her mother that she successfully traced the lost Roland and was able to reunite him with Janine. Unlike so many stories of love during wartime, theirs has a happy ending.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“One of those sweeping, epic, romantic novels that seems tailor-made for the Oscars and a long summer afternoon. Except it’s real! Leslie Maitland has the rare ability to bring history, adventure, and love alive. The fact that this story captures her mother’s life gives it a wonderful added poignancy. I wish I could sit in on the many delighted book groups that will devour this beautiful book.” Bruce Feiler, New York Times bestselling author of Walking the Bible and Abraham
“How the small flame of an undying love can illuminate the darkness of a tragic era. This elegantly told story is for everyone.”  James Carroll, New York Times bestselling author
“A mesmerizing memoir of one family’s shattering experience during World War II. It’s a tale at once heartbreaking and uplifting.”  Linda Fairstein, New York Times bestselling author
“Maitland is a brilliant reporter who knows what questions to ask and how to get her story. Written with the precision of a historian, the result is a work I could not put down and scarcely wanted to end.” Michael Berenbaum, former director of the Holocaust Research Institute at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum
“A love affair thwarted by war, distance, and a disapproving family became the defining story of Leslie Maitland’s mother’s life, and by extension, her own. What happens next is surprising indeed.” Cokie Roberts, NPR and ABC News analyst and author
“Not only original social history of a high order, but one of the most poignant love-lost, love-found stories I have ever read, with an ending that Hollywood wouldn’t dare.” Robert MacNeil, journalist and author
“This wonderful book, written by a wonderful award-winning writer, did a notable job putting an extraordinary confluence of hope , love, hatred, and history of her family’s escape from Germany and France during World War II. Leslie Maitland’s personal account of her family is a major contribution to history interlaced with a lovely love story.” Arts & Leisure News
“This is a worthy testament to how war and displacement conspire against personal happiness.” Publishers Weekly
“This is a fascinating story of thwarted love, longing, and the travails of one woman and one family within the broader context of war and persecution…[An] incredible story of the gauzy intersection of memory and fact.” Booklist (starred review)
“A poignantly rendered, impeccably researched tale of a rupture healed by time.” Kirkus Reviews

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 18.80
Audience: Adult
Language: English