Andris, Where Are You? From Latvia to New Zealand: The family story of Andris Apse, by Ron Crosby, (Craig Potton Publishing, 2013), 254 pp., $39.99
The story of our lives cannot be told without some recounting of the lives of those closest to us. Thus, the story of Andris Apse begins with the flowering adolescence of his mother and father in the closing years of the 1930s. It is a testament to the enduring qualities of the written word of times past, since so much of the tale is told through the letters and diaries of his parents. Through these faithfully safeguarded papers, they communicate their feelings and experiences, even as their lives entwine in the turmoil of World War II. A tentative courtship and brief marital bliss is swiftly followed by separation and seeming loss – until their final mutual rediscovery more than 40 years later. Will the proliferation of emails and digital photographic images of our times be as accessible to those who seek to write our life stories half a century from now?