Gerda Roze’s “To Peel An Onion” Chronicles the Story of One Woman’s Perseverance Against All Odds to Survive, Pursue Her Goal and Reach her Life’s Fulfillment

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New York Artist Relives Tough but Glorious Past in Riveting Memoir

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In an account that moves seamlessly between the horrors of war and flashbacks into her early years, author Gerda Roze invites the readers to share in her perseverance, in her dreams and in her determination to reach her goal, even though late in life, and to witness the many lives she led. To Peel an Onion: the Lives of Gerda Roze, A Memoir is an equally poignant and triumphant recollection of a woman who has seen and experienced it all—the war, life’s cruelties and the new beginning.

In this thoroughly touching remembrance, readers will cry first before they are rewarded with its unusual essence. As Roze unfolds the story of her roots and early years, everyone will discover a woman with a bold spirit; a woman who never falls back amidst insurmountable odds to rebuild the future she lost on the day her idyllic world collapsed when the Soviet Union invaded her homeland. Finally, the pages triumphantly offer hope and inspiration as the readers learn that the young girl who dreamed of being a doctor would eventually—at the age of 40—find her true voice in art.

In To Peel an Onion, Roze has written a classic memoir that preserves the story of her life and shares how she rises from chaotic circumstances, holds on to her determination in the face of rock-solid roadblocks and finds hope in the midst of despair. She has woven a fragmented story and skillfully paints a visual image of the times and place in history of her ancestors. And in her trademark language, readers will see the young woman walk from her life as an artist to the writer the world recognizes her to be.

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About the Author
New York artist Gerda Roze was born in Riga, Latvia and came to the United States after WWII. A painter, printmaker and constructionist, she earned her B.S. degree from Columbia University, and studied Art History at New York University. Her formal art training began at the Art Students League in NYC. Independently, she has studied painting at the Chelsea College of Art in London, England and printmaking with Pratt at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice, Italy. The artist’s non-objective abstractions have ruled her creations since the early 1970s and continue to reflect her independence and innovation. Her works are represented in corporate and private collections in the USA, Canada and Europe, including four prints in the National Art Museum ‘Arsenals’ in Riga and six paintings in ‘The Diaspora Museum of Latvian Art’ in Cesis. Since 1979, the artist has had 18 solo shows. For detailed information, interested parties may log on to

To Peel An Onion * by Gerda Roze
The Lives of Gerda Roze, A Memoir
Publication Date: 12/18/2012
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