Sandstone Press, 2016. 90 pages. Paperback.
When Catriona MacDonald starts clearing her mother's house, she discovers letters that will lead her back to Germany and to a family secret that Mairi Schmidt has kept to herself for more than fifty years. The frail old lady in the Uist nursing home once made a daring escape from East Berlin, but the sacrifices she was prepared to make in exchange for a new life in the West had terrible consequences for the husband and son she left behind her.
An Uinneag don Iar (The Window to the West) evokes the brutality of a Communist regime that controlled and intimidated its citizens, and explores the different ways in which people responded, their conflicting loyalties, their desire for freedom and their deep-seated need to understand who they are and where they've come from.
Reading Level: Early Intermediate (Ideal for learners, with English chapter summaries and glossaries)