Driven from Ukraine by Russia in early 2022, author Sergey Maidukov and his family joined millions of refugees trying to piece together their lives in the wake of Putin’s war. Rich with emotion, the story follows their flight to Poland and eventual return to Kyiv, as they search for moments of love, courage, and hope.
This memoir is a firsthand glimpse into the lives of Ukrainians through one family’s story. Sergey Maidukov, with gravity and passion, tells the story of how he escaped Ukraine along with his wife, daughter, and granddaughter in February 2022, their second displacement by Russia’s terror. With stories of family, hardship, hope, and fear, the author has captured a journey that has revealed much more than suffering; it has taken them to new levels of patriotism, new values, and a new appreciation for their home country.
Sergey Maidukov is a Ukrainian writer who has sold tens of thousands of copies of his published books in the countries of the former USSR, such as Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, and the Baltics.
Widely recognized in Western Europe for his intimate knowledge of the criminal world, he worked for 22 years as a commissioned writer for the largest publishing houses in Russia and Ukraine.
Sergey Maidukov’s book offers us a unique insight in the lives of a Ukrainian family, disrupted by Putin’s war. Having already fled Donetsk in 2014, where his parents – staunch Putin supporters – still live, Maidukov flees with his wife, daughter, and grandchild to Poland. With his laptop, his “most valuable possession”, he writes down the daily experiences of this odyssey: the money problems, the illnesses, the humiliations, the guilt feelings, but also the resilience and the hope for a better future. When, after six months, they decide to return to Kyiv, the situation is not better when the city becomes the target of Russian missile and drone attacks and the family tries to survive on the 22nd floor of an apartment building without electricity, water and heating. Maidukov wrote: “I am this book.” Indeed, he has written a beautiful book on the inside of the war and what the war does to him and to other victims.
Written in real time, the author tells the story of his family’s search for calm during a brutal war.
Covers the story of a well-known Ukrainian fiction and true-crime author, the story unfolds like a fast-paced drama.
Looks to shine a light on the hope and light of life, even during the most difficult of times.