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This is the story of Zsuzsa Romvary, the immigrant who didn’t know the difference between ‘push’ and ‘pull’, later to become Susan Romvary, Vice-president of the Montreal branch of Canadian Authors Association (CAA), Canada’s oldest writers’ organization. One of the stories in this collection, “Montreal 1957-1977, Trust and Distrust”, won first prize in a Montreal CAA Literary Competition and first prize again a year later in a competition sponsored by the Montreal Hungarian Literary Association.

Susan has been the guest author on CBC’s Saturday Spotlight and McGill University radio, and has read her works in English in literary coffee houses in Montreal. She was one of the founding writers, in 1987, of The New Canadian Review.

Retaining her Hungarian heritage — and sense of hunour, Susan has also appeared in Hungarian literary magazines in Montreal, Toronto, New York, and London — but not yet in Hungary. She is president of the Montreal Hungarian Literary Association.

In this book the Romvary family has escaped from Hungary in 1957 and come to Canada. The thin line between tears and laughter is ever present in these tales of learning to live and cope in a new country.

“The stories reflect (the author’s) philosophy of life: humour can keep you sane.” THE WESTMOUNT EXAMINER.

“A wit that is the mark of a born humorist.” PRAIRIE MESSENGER.

Illustrated by Marek Lantzmann

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