College student KT Cantori has always considered her
family somewhat ordinary. While she knows that they
originally emigrated from Germany, the young woman
has no idea of the sacrifices they made and the
dangers and prejudice they faced. Then KT discovers
the diary of her great-great- grandmother, and it all
comes to light.
In the late 1800s, Kati Scheu Krieger arrives in New
York City with nothing. She has no one to help her adjust to a new country or save her from the
devastating situation in which she finds herself. When
the father of her child deserts her, Kati is left to build a
new life for herself and the baby in Hell’s Kitchen.
As KT delves deeper into Kati’s story, another voice
emerges, that of Cara, Kati’s granddaughter—KT’s
grandmother—who translated Kati’s journal into
English. Cara Maurer has her own struggles, and her
uncertainties, as well as her triumphs, are reflected in
the historical notes she adds throughout the journal.
As she listens to these two amazing women speaking
to her across time, KT finally finds the strength she
needs to fight the coming battles in her own life.
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