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Crossing the Borders of Time; A True Story of War, Exile, and Love Reclaimed

Maitland, Leslie

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ISBN 10: 1590514963 / ISBN 13: 9781590514962
Published by Other Press, New York, NY, 2012
Condition: Very good Hardcover
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Sewn binding. Paper over boards. x, [2], 494, [6] pages. Halftones, black & white, Maps, Frontispiece. Family tree. Selected Bibliography. Signed by author. Inscribed on half-title. Separated by war and her family s disapproval, the young lovers--Janine and Roland lose each other for fifty years. It is a testimony to both Maitland's investigative skills and her devotion to her mother that she successfully traced the lost Roland and was able to reunite him with Janine. Unlike so many stories of love during wartime, theirs has a happy ending. Leslie Maitland is a former award-winning reporter and correspondent for The New York Times who specialized in legal affairs and investigative reporting. After breaking stories on the FBI's undercover "Abscam" inquiry into corruption in Congress, she moved to The New York Times Washington Bureau to cover the Justice Department. Among other projects since leaving The Times, she began extensive research for this nonfiction book, including five reporting trips to Europe, one to Cuba, and another to Canada. A graduate of the University of Chicago and the Harvard Divinity School, she appears regularly on the Diane Rehm Show. Bookseller Inventory # 71341

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Title: Crossing the Borders of Time; A True Story ...

Publisher: Other Press, New York, NY

Publication Date: 2012

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Sebestyen, Valerie M. (Maps)

Book Condition: Very good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: Reprint. Second printing [stated].

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   On a pier in Marseille in 1942, with desperate refugees pressing to board one of the last ships to escape France before the Nazis choked off its ports, an 18-year-old German Jewish girl was pried from the arms of the Catholic Frenchman she loved and promised to marry.  As the Lipari carried Janine and her family to Casablanca on the first leg of a perilous journey to safety in Cuba, she would read through her tears the farewell letter that Roland had slipped in her pocket: “Whatever the length of our separation, our love will survive it, because it depends on us alone. I give you my vow that whatever the time we must wait, you will be my wife. Never forget, never doubt.” 
   Five years later – her fierce desire to reunite with Roland first obstructed by war and then, in secret, by her father and brother – Janine would build a new life in New York with a dynamic American husband.  That his obsession with Ayn Rand tormented their marriage was just one of the reasons she never ceased yearning to reclaim her lost love.  
   Investigative reporter Leslie Maitland grew up enthralled by her mother’s accounts of forbidden romance and harrowing flight from the Nazis. Her book is both a journalist’s vivid depiction of a world at war and a daughter’s pursuit of a haunting question: what had become of the handsome Frenchman whose picture her mother continued to treasure almost fifty years after they parted? It is a tale of memory that reporting made real and a story of undying love that crosses the borders of time.


A Look Inside Crossing the Borders of Time

On the right, Janine Maitland with daughter Leslie; on the left, Janine’s sister Trudi with daughter Lynne

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Alice Heinsheimer, Janine’s mother, before her marriage in Germany in 1920

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  Roland Arcieri, Janine’s love, in Lyon, France, 1942

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Janine’s official identity card from Gray, France, 1939

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