By: Christine Fallert Kessides
Bold Story Press, 2023
When her father pulls her out of high school to care for her invalid mother and little brother, sixteen-year-old Magda is devastated—but the greater challenge is saving her family in the face of a war and pandemic.
In 1916, the world is at war, even if America has not yet joined the effort. But for Magda, the growing hostility her German immigrant family faces hits close to home. Despite her domestic obligations, Magda persists with her education, determined to find an independent role for herself. Faced with the mounting crises of the war and the Spanish flu, Magda seeks the knowledge and strength to try to protect those she loves most.
Standing up to a war and pandemic, traditions and expectations, Magda embarks on a journey of self-discovery and resilience that leads her back to embracing her family and caring for a wider community.
About the Author
Christine Fallert Kessides grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and was always interested that her ancestors (those she could identify) were from Germany. After reviewing her family genealogy and reflecting on some of her relatives’ experiences, she was inspired to write Magda’s story.
Christine attended college and graduate school at Northwestern University and Princeton University, respectively. She had a career writing policy reports for the World Bank in international development. Currently she volunteers with nonprofits that support women and families and enjoys reading, travel, yoga, and sharing books with friends. She lives outside Washington, DC. Magda, Standing is her first novel.
To learn more about Christine Fallert Kessides and her work, please see www.magda-standing.com