Belgian Immigrant Shares Journey of a Lifetime in "An Immigrant's Quest"

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Family of 12 moves from Belgium to Canada after World War II.

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Open-mindedness has propelled me into many exhilarating careers, including seafaring, farming and even firefighting.

Culture shock is defined as the anxiety and fear felt as the result of social and geographical changes. Author, Joseph De Prest experienced this phenomenon as a teenager when his family emigrated from Belgium to Canada after World War II.

The book, "An Immigrant’s Quest" is the heartwarming tale of the De Prest family’s move during the 1950’s. The family of 12 struggled to adjust to the harsh realities of their new Canadian home. They are able to find success and happiness by relying on each other.

"While writing the book, I kept coming back to the importance of family," De Prest said. "I would not have made it where I am today without their love and support. Another theme that reappeared is the wiliness to try new things. Open-mindedness propelled me into many exhilarating careers, including seafaring, farming and even firefighting.

Fear and uncertainty are two major themes in the novel. De Prest had no idea what type of life was awaiting his family when they arrived in Canada. Language barriers, bullying, legal and monetary troubles are all conquered in "An Immigrant’s Quest.

"An Immigrant’s Quest"
By Joseph De Prest
ISBN: 978-14836-7168-0
Retail price: $18.00
Available at: xlibris.com

About the Author

Joseph De Prest was born and raised in Ghent, Belgium and immigrated to Canada at the age of 17. For many years, he traveled from east to west and worked at a variety of jobs from farmhand to lumberjack to sailor. De Prest currently lives in London, Ontario. "An Immigrant’s Quest" is the sequel to "Boys Don’t Cry". For more information please visit josephdeprestboks.com.

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