Lina buried several of her drawings and a letter after they returned back to Lithuania. They couldn't speak openly about the Soviet's actions out of fear. The letter confirms that they spent 12 years in the camps and that she and Jonas survived to find Andrius.
An effective style choice was the amount of colorful imagery because Lina was an artist and often saw things as they really were and opposed to what they seemed to the eye. The return of the sun served as a sign of hope and endurance among the withering bodies of gray.
This book is significant because it calls attention to a lost history of the Baltic people during Stalin's reign. Time tells stories and it's important that the bravery and struggles of the deportees who preserved these events for us today are remembered and honored despite the politics of the matter.