Crossing the Borders of Time: A True Story of War, Exile, and Love Reclaimed
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Date: April 2012
Duration: 18 hours 52 minutes
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.
"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