When Luba Leaves Home: Stories

Luba lives with her parents in a Chicago neighborhood full of others like themselves immigrants from Ukraine Her parents want only two things to enjoy a new life in America and to hold on to the old ways the church, the language, the traditions of Ukrainian culture They want these things for Luba, too.Luba wants only the first part of their wish She wants to leave herLuba lives with her parents in a Chicago neighborhood full of others like themselves immigrants from Ukraine Her parents want only two things to enjoy a new life in America and to hold on to the old ways the church, the language, the traditions of Ukrainian culture They want these things for Luba, too.Luba wants only the first part of their wish She wants to leave her neighborhood not to mention Ukraine behind It s 1968, and protesting American students have taken to the city streets Thinking that it s time she breaks step with her heritage and gets into step with her peers, Luba registers as Linda on the first day at her commuter college Then she buys a second hand car to drive into a future far from her parent s Wheat Street home.The car must, however, first carry her father to his doctor s appointments, a Ukrainian celebrity to her featured appearances, a dying neighbor home from work, and her lifelong buddies to school and back Somewhere along the way, Linda takes a backseat and Luba takes the wheel, finding a new road to a destination somewhere between Ukraine and America.In WHEN LUBA LEAVES HOME, award winning author Irene Zabytko creates a bright new voice to tell the classic story of how the children of America s melting pot grow up strong enough to carry their double identities.
When Luba Leaves Home Stories Luba lives with her parents in a Chicago neighborhood full of others like themselves immigrants from Ukraine Her parents want only two things to enjoy a new life in America and to hold on to the old w

  • Title: When Luba Leaves Home: Stories
  • Author: Irene Zabytko
  • ISBN: 9781565123328
  • Page: 421
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “When Luba Leaves Home: Stories”

    1. A collection of connected stories of Ukrainian DP's (displaced persons) living in a 1960's Chicago ghetto neighborhood. Luba Vovkovych tries to break free from her immigrant status and fit into the American way of life. She changes her name from Luba to Linda, wears white lipstick, and uses an army surplus bag for her school books. But she and the other characters are forever connected to their troubled Ukrainian history, sometimes via dark humor. When Monsignor Sachko declares that his parishio [...]

    2. An interesting collection of anecdotes about growing up in America as the first generation from post-war Ukrainian immigrants in an urban 1960's neighbourhood. Characters are colourful, and the stories are humorous, poignant, and sometimes quite powerful.

    3. A nice collection of short stories---revolving around the 1960s Ukrainian community in Chicago mostly populated by people displaced by World War II who immigrated to America---narrated by a young female coed at a local college who lives in the neighborhood and hangs out with her friends at a local bar. The stories are a bit uneven, though several were very nice, such as "Last Boat" and "The Celebrity." I liked the one about her car. The stories spoke to me because certain images came to mind, be [...]

    4. Luba, hoping to become more American herself, is determined to break free of her (Ukrainian) Post-war Displaced Persons status. In Chicago's Ukrainian village, she yearns for freedom and the ability to flee her stifling culture and the "old ways" of her parents.From the inside flap of the dustcover jacket: a bright new chapter to the classic story of how the children of America's melting pot grow up strong enough to carry their double identities.

    5. I really enjoyed these linked short stories about a girl growing up in Chicago's Ukrainian Village in the 1960s. It's a neighborhood I've visited a number of times, and her descriptions felt right even though the stories take place many years ago. Luba is a very likable character, and her glimpses of life in a DP community are funny and touching.

    6. I selected this book based on the protagonist's name, Luba, which was also my paternal grandmother's name, hoping to gain some insight into the mind of the first generation American.I closed the book wishing there were more chapters to absorb.

    7. Did not finish. Useless.Story of a young woman from an immigrant family living in a section of town that’s all immigrants. Decision about whether to rebel or follow family traditions.

    8. The book is described as Luba’s journey of getting away from it’s Ukraine community in Chicago, and how she is happly unsuccessful in such attempt. In a way, I consider that Luba is a representation of the whole community: they are grateful to be in the US and are willing to accept/adapt to the ways of their new country. But deep inside they know that they will forever long for their Old Country, and that after being robed of so much, they will figth to keep their history and traditions aliv [...]

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