DAVENPORT, Iowa (PRWEB) September 18, 2012
In her new book, “Missing Emily: Croatian Life Letters” (published by iUniverse) Jodie Toohey pens a story about how two teenage girls living on opposite sides of the world, one in the United States and one in Croatia, who are dealing with their own turmoil, one of deep depression and one of civil war, find comfort and solace by writing letters to each other in the early 1990s.
By February 1991, when Amicus Shoemacher is assigned to correspond with Nada, who lives in Rijeka in the Republic of Croatia, Yugoslavia, her life has already begun to unravel. The only bright spot in her life is her favorite baby cousin, Emily. Ami’s life further unravels on March 25 of that year when Emily is hit by a car and dies. Ami doesn’t respond to Nada’s letters at first, but when she does, she learns having a friend so far away comforts her.
Through her own letters, Nada shares insights into life in a country at war, including nights spent awake fearing that her home will be broken into and that she will be killed. Ami, while dealing with her own depression, tries to comprehend what it would be like to live in the middle of a real war. Together, the two help one another through their troubling difficulties.
“I was inspired to write this story after I met my friend, Biljana, who is from Croatia several years ago,” Toohey explains. “Biljana is from Croatia and after talking to her a bit about the civil war in her country which occurred in the early 1990s, I started thinking about what I was going through here in the United States at the same time. I wondered how my perspective might have changed had Biljana and I known each other at that time.”
About the Author
Jodie Toohey owns [Wordsy Woman Word Sales and Service, a professional writing and editing business. In 2008, she published a poetry book for preteen and teen girls, “Crush and Other Love Poems for Girls.” Toohey lives with her husband, daughter, son, cat and dog in Davenport, Iowa. Visit her online at http://www.wordsywoman.com.
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