In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina is preparing for art school, first dates, and all that summer has to offer. But one night, the Soviet secret police barge violently into her home, deporting her along with her mother and younger brother. They are being sent to Siberia. Lina's father has been separated from the family and sentenced to death in a prison camp. All is lost.
Lina fights for her life, fearless, vowing that if she survives she will honor her family, and the thousands like hers, by documenting their experience in her art and writing. She risks everything to use her art as messages, hoping they will make their way to her father's prison camp to let him know they are still alive. It is a long and harrowing journey, and it is only their incredible strength, love, and hope that pull Lina and her family through each day. But will love be enough to keep them alive?
The upcoming Ashes in the Snow Cinema release date is 2017 in the US.
Official Cast with Book's Quotes
This sounds an interesting book. I'm a bit of a sucker for historical fiction literature, being a little history nerd myself. I don't know if it's available in the US through because I'd love to read it.
There's a song called Wake Up Baltics that was composed during the late 80s around the Baltic way. I wonder if you know it. There's a video that illustrated the song with fan art featuring the Hetalia Baltic characters. They don't get enough love in the Hetalia fandom.
I have a vague recollection of Between Shades of Grey mentioned as an inspiration for a couple of Hetalia Fan Fictions set during the Soviet era and from the perspectives of the Baltic characters (namely Lithuania). I can't recall the exact story, but it's neat that this novel will be adapted into a film. I hope when it's complete that it's released in America.