Triptych by Margit Liesche audiobook

Triptych: A Mystery

By Margit Liesche
A Poisoned Pen Press Mystery
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Blackstone Publishing 9781464201806
12.27 Hours Unabridged
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Budapest, 1956. In the darkest year of Hungary’s modernhistory, a national uprising against Soviet occupiers and their reign of terroris underway. Eleven-year-old Évike and her firebrand mother steal deep intobattle zones in support of civilian freedom fighters, armed only with primitiveweapons and desperate courage against the heavy artillery of trained Russiantroops. When taken in for interrogation by the secret police, little Évikespins a story to deflect attention from her mother’s revolutionary activities—astory that will irrevocably alter many lives and reach its tentacles, thirtyyears later, into the life of Ildikó Palmay. Chicago, 1986. Ildikó is a thirty-seven-year-old librarianand ESL teacher, the American-born daughter of Hungarian refugees. She iscaught in a web of guilt and regret over her mother’s mystifying death.Unsettled by her life and her romantic failures, she finds herself suddenly andunexpectedly drawn back to her roots—first to the Hungarian neighborhood ofher youth in Chicago, and eventually to the Russian-occupied city of Budapest.Along the way, she meets a magnetic man who may not be what he seems anduncovers a trail of secrets and betrayals that eventually intersects with thetangled knot of the mother-daughter participants in the revolution. Triptych is thesuspenseful unfolding of two parallel stories of mother and daughterrelationships forged in the brutalities of the 1956 Hungarian revolution—a taleabout the corrosive power of secrets and, ultimately, the healing power offorgiveness.

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Budapest, 1956. In the darkest year of Hungary’s modernhistory, a national uprising against Soviet occupiers and their reign of terroris underway. Eleven-year-old Évike and her firebrand mother steal deep intobattle zones in support of civilian freedom fighters, armed only with primitiveweapons and desperate courage against the heavy artillery of trained Russiantroops. When taken in for interrogation by the secret police, little Évikespins a story to deflect attention from her mother’s revolutionary activities—astory that will irrevocably alter many lives and reach its tentacles, thirtyyears later, into the life of Ildikó Palmay.

Chicago, 1986. Ildikó is a thirty-seven-year-old librarianand ESL teacher, the American-born daughter of Hungarian refugees. She iscaught in a web of guilt and regret over her mother’s mystifying death.Unsettled by her life and her romantic failures, she finds herself suddenly andunexpectedly drawn back to her roots—first to the Hungarian neighborhood ofher youth in Chicago, and eventually to the Russian-occupied city of Budapest.Along the way, she meets a magnetic man who may not be what he seems anduncovers a trail of secrets and betrayals that eventually intersects with thetangled knot of the mother-daughter participants in the revolution.

Triptych is thesuspenseful unfolding of two parallel stories of mother and daughterrelationships forged in the brutalities of the 1956 Hungarian revolution—a taleabout the corrosive power of secrets and, ultimately, the healing power offorgiveness.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Part history, part mystery, part thriller, part romance, part saga,this is a novel with something for everyone! Above all else it brings back a time and a place we should never have forgotten. Moving through countries and generations, this is a big story, which, in Liesche’s hands, nevertheless remains tender and human-sized.” Karen Joy Fowler, New York Times bestselling author
“This meticulously researched novel brought the Budapest Revolution to vivid life as I followed the engaging heroine, Ildikó Palmay, from the dangerous beginnings of the Cold War to its equally fraught ending. But Triptych does more than provide a fascinating backdrop—Liesche also creates insightful and haunting characters who had me wondering about their fates long after I reluctantly read the final page. Highly recommended!” Rebecca Cantrell, New York Times bestselling author
“Emotional closure can be more important than vengeance, as shown by this distinctive stand-alone from Liesche…Vivid flashbacks from 1956 Budapest show the experiences of a troubled child and the constant fear of betrayal—by others or even by one’s self—that the dictatorship encourages…Complex character development.” Publishers Weekly
“A woman must uncover the secrets of the past before she can face her future…Liesche, the daughter of Hungarian refugees, cleverly weaves her family’s history into a fine mystery that is an even finer tale about finding one's roots.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author Bio: Margit Liesche

Author Bio: Margit Liesche

Margit Liesche, the daughter of Hungarian refugees who arrived in the United States in 1947 following eight years of missionary service in war-torn China, grew up with her parents’ tales of isolation, escape, and the arduous journey aboard a military ship to America. She lives in Marin County, California.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 12.27
Audience: Adult
Language: English