By John Leigh Walters
Written in his mother's specific voice, John Leigh Walters pushes the bounds of memoir in a truly able existence, the intense trip of a probably traditional woman.
Zarah Petri used to be a baby while her relatives left Hungary to set up a brand new existence in Canada within the Twenties. With braveness and innovation, Zarah and her relatives survived the Depression--even if it intended breaking the legislation to take action. In celebrating Zarah Petri, a really able lifestyles will pay homage to all "ordinary" girls of the early 20th century who challenged society's conventions for the sake of survival.
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