American antisemitism has scarred twenty-three-year-old Anna and her parents in various ways. Her parents have cut their ties with Judaism, while Anna craves connection but fears the label ‘Jew.’ As America erupts in civil unrest during spring 1968, Anna plans a student’s Western European summer with a friend. When chance disrupts her vacation, she embarks on a dangerous journey through Eastern Europe and into the heart of the Balkans. Steeped in Yugoslav history, she visits sites of tragic ethnic suffering. But more importantly, she meets both Jews and non-Jewish minorities repressed by their regimes. Through these experiences, and a deep bond with a Macedonian separatist that opens her to love but puts her in danger, she undergoes a spiritual awakening and proudly embraces her Jewish identity.
Anna’s Dance: A Balkan Odyssey
- From the Publisher
July 21, 2013
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