The book’s title calls for a lot of stupid, inappropriate jokes, but it’s not the writer’s or the publisher’s fault if this one came before the soft p trilogy you’re thinking about. And it’s a shame really because this book’s subject is nothing to laugh about.
As an exception, I will warmly recommend you this book that I did not finish. It was simply too much for me, as it follows a young Lithuanian girl arrested with her family in 1941 and sent to Siberia by the Soviet authorities.
It remains little known that this little Baltic country, after being invaded by Nazi Germany, was annexed to the Soviet Union. Baltic people didn’t get free for another 50 years, and their intellectuals, liberals, teachers, military and religious people were deported en masse from 1941 to 1953. Lina is 15 when she gets deported, and she has to fight and be strong day after day, year after year throughout her ordeal to Siberia. The book is quite grim and I had to skip pages, although it is classified as YA. I visited the Baltic countries in 2007 and the book reminded me of many museum visits that precisely evoked this painful past. It’s a difficult read but very informative. I understand that the novel was inspired in part by Mrs. Sepetys’ family. I also want to read another novel by Ruta Sepetys : Salt to the sea, about the Wilhelm Gustloff tragedy.