North Carolina writer describes her grandparents' immigrant experiences in Parallel Lives, a memoir

MEBANE, N.C. - Sept. 18, 2016 - PRLog -- In Parallel Lives Rita Berman describes how her paternal grandmother emigrated to London, England in the 1880s by cattle truck.  Without knowledge of English she bought a sewing machine, and saved up enough for her fiance to travel to England in style.  From those early beginnings they opened a coat making factory, only to have it destroyed during the bombing of London in WW2.  Rita's maternal grandfather also sought a new life in London and opened a blacksmithery in the same time period.  Family members worked in both businesses. Rita's cousins who now live in Canada, Belgium, Israel, Australia, England, contributed to the book with their memories of the war and the effects of evacuation, rationing, fathers in the military and mothers working in factories.

Today, while Rita and her cousins are mostly retired they recall that none went into the family businesses but instead  lead highly successful careers as artists, an accountant, draughtrmans, physicists, schoolteachers, a London taxi driver, government consultants, retail store manager,and in Rita's case a 40-year career as writer and lecturer.

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