A patchwork life, Eva Marks

August 1941.  After a horrific six-week journey, a bedraggled, starved group of Jewish men, women and children stumble from a cattle train into a desolate landscape near Novosibirsk, Siberia.  They include nine-year old Eva, her mother and her grandmother, Viennese refugees from a privileged background who had fled to Latvia.  When Germany invades Russia, they are designated ‘enemy aliens’ and are sent for six years to an infamous Gulag.  Eva, from a long line of feisty women, survives with humanity, creativity and humour to become a fair dinkum Aussie.