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Reviewed by Alle Wells for Readers' Favorite
In Limbo by Julija Suput is the true story of a family’s immigration from Croatia to America. Barbara and her two young sons wait to board a plane to America. At the end of their journey, they will begin a new life with Barbara’s fiancé, a Croatian-born American citizen. She and Nenad fell in love the previous year while he was visiting her remote island home. After years of working as a high school teacher and raising the boys alone, Barbara quickly said yes to the promise of a better life in California. Sitting in the airport, she looks forward to new opportunities for her children and living in the fine house her future husband built especially for her. In America, Barbara is confronted by the harsh reality of a fast-paced society, an unpredictable environment and an unexpected chill in the place she now calls home. While struggling to keep up with the challenges of her new life, Barbara discovers that everything is in jeopardy, including the future of her children. She begins an uphill battle against bureaucracy and indifference to save them.
This captivating immigrant’s story uncovers the author’s personal struggle to free her family from the chains of the U.S. citizenship process. Ms. Suput reveals the silent hardships new immigrants can endure while completing American citizenship requirements. A genuine and intelligently written memoir, In Limbo is a strong-willed story that flows as gently as life itself. I highly recommend this book as an eye-opening look at the immigration process in America.