A Memoir Across the Atlantic
I was born in 1932 in Yorkshire to parents who had survived World War I and had seen England change from an agricultural to an industrial country. A visiting American engineer changed our lives when he asked my mother to leave my father and accompany him to Spain, which she did, taking me with her. When World War II changed Europe forever, my English mother, my sister, and I fled to America, leaving my stepfather behind to work for the OSS and to begin an affair with a Spanish spy whom he later married. The war over, my mother, sister, and I returned first to Europe then back to America, where my mother struggled to put a life together for herself and her two daughters.
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Sally Bennett has an MA in English Literature from Syracuse University and an MFA in writing from Vermont College. She has published numerous poems, short stories, and essays in magazines such as Poetry, Seneca Review, and Martha’s Vineyard Magazine, as well as in American Fiction (Birch Lane Press, 1990). Since 2002, she has lived year-round on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.
"Immigrant seems a quiet little book, but it is not. Certainly not in the sense of being a placid read anyway, as it leaves the reader with crisp afterthoughts about the young girl who is its protagonist. And also because it quietly asks us: What if I were that little girl? ....
In recounting her travels and tales, Ms. Bennett blends a journalistic approach — detail that puts the reader in the scene — with a prose style that carries us through the chaos of change in her rootless young life, at a crossroads of time and place unlike any in history, really. This is a book about a child who was raised to regard herself as an immigrant."
-- Jack Shea, MV Times, February 25, 2015
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