Boy, Lost: A Family Memoir

Olsson, Kristina


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An unforgettable story of the legacy of grief and guilt across generations, and the power of memory and faith.

Kristina Olsson’s mother lost her infant son, Peter, when he was snatched from her arms as she boarded a train in the hot summer of 1950. Young and frightened and trying to escape a brutal marriage, she was not prepared for this final blow, this breathtaking punishment. She did not think she would see her son again.

Kristina was the first child of her mother’s second, much gentler marriage and, like her siblings, grew up unaware of the reasons behind her mother’s sorrow, though Peter’s absence resounded through the family. Yvonne dreamt day and night of her son, while Peter grew up a thousand miles and a lifetime away, dreaming of his missing mother. Thirty-six years later he arrived at her front door.

Boy, Lost tells an unforgettable story of the legacy of grief and loss across generations, and is a tribute to the power of memory and faith.

Format: Paperback
Pages: 276
Imprint: University of Queensland
Publication date: 17/01/2023

ISBN: 9780702266058