The Tudjina — The Book

Leslie is struggling to defend herself against the constant racism she encounters over her bi-racial relationship. It’s 1970 in Chicago. She’s 18, her boyfriend is black. She’s persistently shunned and shamed for defying the age-old American taboo against these unions. White America is relentless in its crass, dehumanizing assumptions about her motivations, but she is being propelled by mysterious forces.  She is haunted by a precious, stolen birthright.

American-born Leslie doesn’t know it, but her grandma was “passing.”  Her grandmother had been shamed and coerced into pretending she was from the people who, later in her life, in an ignored corner of the WWII Holocaust, sadistically exterminated hundreds of thousands of her people as racial undesirables. This slaughter consumed half of her own family, who had struggled for centuries before that as part of an exploited minority —  hated “inferiors.”

Leslie’s family has lost everything — their culture, their identity, their history, their self-respect and their self-esteem.  Only one thing remains that might lead to the reversal of this cultural genocide, the last thing to go when all else is lost . . .

Who is familiar..

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3 thoughts on “The Tudjina — The Book”

  1. I linked to you on this site and am blown away by what I read here. I spent 15 years writing about the Marcos’ story and I’m no stranger to the written word. My grandparents were Slavic but I admit I don’t know the true story of your country and your people like I should…..a typical white American excuse it’s not but I’m humbled by your people’s suffering……enough to learn more and maybe help in some way. I write fables & short stories so I’m no stranger to the potency of words. How can I help? What can I offer?

    Kind regards,
    Steve Becker

  2. I linked to you on this site and am blown away by what I read here. I spent 15 years writing about the Marcos’ story and I’m no stranger to the written word. My grandparents were Slavic but I admit I don’t know the true story of your country and your people like I should…..a typical white American excuse it’s not but I’m humbled by your people’s suffering……enough to learn more and maybe help in some way. I write fables & short stories so I’m no stranger to the potency of words. How can I help? What can I offer?

    Kind regards,
    Steve Becker

  3. Thank you so much for the kind and empathetic words. I’m trying to finish up my manuscript, if you’d care to critique the writing it would be very helpful. It’s a complicated story, so it’s very helpful to get input on where it gets confusing.

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