Teenagers Darek Dabrowski and Eleanor Hanson come from two different worlds. In Communist Poland, Darek is consumed with the idea of a one-way ticket to America and its Levi Strauss jeans and Adidas sneakers. He wants to get away from the country that jailed his father, a local Solidarity leader. When the family is forced into exile, it seems Darek's dreams have come true. Then, he finds himself in the Bible belt of New Brunswick, and he's not so sure. There, he meets Eleanor, who is immersed in the practical business of working hard, doing God's will, and worrying about the state of her soul. Live from the Underground is the haunting, hilarious, and ultimately hopeful account of two colliding worlds, and of two outsiders allied through displacement and tragedy. Together, they shatter small-town prejudices to forge new identities.
Corinne Wasilewski was born and raised in Woodstock, New Brunswick but now makes her home in Sarnia, where she works as an occupational therapist. Her short stories have appeared in Front & Centre, The Windsor Review, The Nashwaak Review and The Battered Suitcase. Live from the Underground is her first novel. An early version of the manuscript was awarded the WFNB's David Adams Richards Prize in 2012.
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