The Linden and the Oak

Mark Wansa reads from his novel The Linden and the Oak, Thursday, February 4, at 7:30pm at Magers & Quinn Booksellers.

The culmination of nine years of work, including research and interviews in six countries, The Linden and the Oak is the epic story of two families and an ill-fated romance set against three very different backdrops: the impoverished, although occasionally idyllic, Carpatho-Rusyn peasant existence in Eastern Europe in the early 20th century; the horrific slaughter on the Eastern Front during World War I; and, finally, the voyage to a new life in ‘Ameryka.’ Partly the story of the author’s family, The Linden and the Oak is also the story of countless thousands of new arrivals from Europe who passed through Ellis Island. The historical context–Carpatho-Rusyn traditions and customs, World War I, and the immigrant experience–has been meticulously researched and offers fascinating insights into Eastern European culture.

This event is co-sponsored by the Minnesota Rusin Association. Visit them online at

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