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Like a Haystack

Life from My Perspective

by Margaret Grguri Smolik


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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 7/11/2014

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 108
ISBN : 9781490840352
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 108
ISBN : 9781490840345
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 108
ISBN : 9781490840369

About the Book

Like a Haystack: Life from My Perspective outlines the history—the events and the forces—that drove Margaret Grgurić Smolik's family to be uprooted from their ancestral community, Voćin, in north-central Croatia during World War II. It gives the family’s background, describes daily life, and depicts the family’s experiences in Austria after the war. The second part of the book recounts the family’s emigration to the United States and the journey to Iowa. In Like A Haystack, the author contrasts life in Europe and in the United States in the twentieth century. She highlights the endurance needed to survive war, cruelty, and suffering. She explains the tensions from adjusting to new cultures and values. Finally, she portrays people who do whatever it takes to achieve the American dream. As Lynn Haakenson, an English teacher, commented, “This account is a fascinating memoir of the author’s life in Croatia in WWII and her family’s adjustment to life in America.”


About the Author

Margaret Grgurić Smolik and her family escaped Croatia during World War II and came to the United States in 1952. The author earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, and is a longtime teacher of English and writing. She is a certified copy editor and author of several poems published in Lyrical Iowa. Margaret and her husband raised four children. She currently lives in Osage, Iowa.