(PRWEB) May 9, 2008
It is the human spirit that pushes us to rise above the troubles of our lives -- our hurt, our fear, our anger and our heartbreak.
The life of Alexandra Tesluk has been one of pain and adversity; it has also been one of triumph, a triumph of that same, indomitable human spirit.
Tesluk is a product of the anguish of the Second World War, a child tossed on the seas of battle, abuse and abandonment. She is a survivor in the truest sense of the word -- and she is the author of The Ashes of Innocence, a remarkable, intimate new book about the horrors of wartime and their corrosive, lifelong impact on those who have suffered through it.
Tesluk's story is one filled with sorrow and separation. Her parents were forced into a camp for displaced persons in Germany. She never knew her father -- and has spent much of her adult life in search of his ghost. Her mother was distant -- in every way that matters. Her step-father was abusive. Her sister was prone to violent behaviour.
Emotionally scarred and physically beaten down, Tesluk has led a life touched by suicide, alcoholism and betrayal. Yet, through it all, Tesluk has risen above it all -- she has found within herself the strength of character that wouldn't allow her to lose.
She is a wife, a mother and a successful Canadian businesswoman. She has created a life for herself that at one time surely appeared out of her reach. And she has pieced together her life story in a book that is at once compelling and impossible to set aside.
As Tesluk writes in the dedication to The Ashes of Innocence: "This book is dedicated to the concept of hope, the kind of hope my parents never knew existed. This is my story of mental and physical abuse, slavery, sorrow and love . . . and ultimately, the victory of understanding."
The Ashes of Innocence is Alexandra Tesluk's gift to the reading public. It is also, in its own way, her gift to herself.
The Ashes of Innocence
by Alexandra Tesluk