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Join host Tom Riddell and co-host Teri Brown as they welcome author Rita Bozi to The Writers Lounge. Sit back and relax as Rita discusses what it's like to be a writer and she will also talk to us about her book: When I Was Better

When I Was Better looks at the embattled relationship between István and Teréza during the Nazi invasion and Soviet occupation of Hungary in 1956. István is forced to leave his wife and infant son in Hungary during the time that the invaders have crushed the Hungarian Revolution. István finally makes it to Canada where he endeavors to start a new life and to hopefully wait for a future reunion with his wife and son. Teréza is left to endure the trauma of war in an occupied country and has to keep secrets amid the weight of humiliation, shame, isolation and violent acts against her. Through letters and faith, the couple struggles to maintain their relationship through the years, all the while, holding out hope that they will someday be reunited.

This novel highlights a refugee crisis and it shows how an autocracy can corrupt its citizens into compliance. It also allows us to see how after over sixty years, we are still at danger of being ruled and having our families ripped apart.

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