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Reviewed by Sarah Stuart for Readers' Favorite
Duality by Ica Iova opens with Diana, at sixty, watching the news. She reacts so strongly that she upsets and confuses her virtual assistant, Alexa. Canada in 2020 is in a Covid-19 pandemic lockdown, but did the constraints imposed on her trigger Diana’s fury? November 1988 sees Diana battling with husband Paul who has an audacious plan to escape from Romania, a communist country ruled with an iron rod. “Jumpers” – those who attempt to cross the border – may be arrested or shot, but they rarely return alive. Does Diana have the courage to face an investigation by a ruthless regime alone and, if he survives and makes it possible, leave the only life she has ever known in a perilous attempt to follow the father of her children – Paul, the handsome, charismatic love of her life?
Ica Iova’s Duality is the heartrending story of people who search for better lives across borders, and whose expectations may or may not be met. Paul and Diana, and their young children, leave family and friends behind in Romania to face an uncertain future. Will they make it to safety in the west and, if they do, will the advantages outweigh their sacrifice? Vivid, action-packed, gripping, and beautifully written, Duality balances the justified restrictions of lockdown designed to defeat the spread of deadly Covid-19 against the evils of communist oppression. Ica Iova has dug deep into the history of Eastern Europe and given a voice to millions that will captivate readers all over the world.