"'Esther-something is happening. Uncle David called. He said-he said that Russian soldiers were swarming all over Grandfathers apartment'" (7).
"The back door of the truck was bolted and the motor started" (19).
Nina and Nikita
"He led us to the potato patch...if we did not weed properly, there would be no potatoes, we would all starve" (53).
First Day of School
"We received permission to go in two weeks. When we heard that Rubtsosvsk had a markey, a baracholka... It was agreed that Grandmother and I should do some trading" (65-66).
"A sturdy Russian peasant in her late twenties...told us to come in and have a look around...A flowered cretonne curtain hung across one wall...high heaped featherbed which lay huge plump pillows. A scrubbed deal table and two chains were set between two tiny windows and the black iron stove." (83).
"The school was a surprise. In the midst of the drab clutch of the buildings Rubtsovsk in 1941, here was something worthy of a postcard. Sparkling white clapboard; crystal -clear windows; gingerbread carved under the eaves...a white picket fence" (96).