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Stephanie Sydoriak will sign the biography of her parents, “An Ocean Between: 100% American – 100% Ukrainian,” at 6 p.m. Thursday at Otowi Station Bookstore.
In a recent interview, Sydoriak discussed her approach to writing the biography of her parents. Her main sources were her father’s scrapbook and the stories her parents told her.
“The only research I did was to look through my father’s thin scrapbook which held some newspaper articles concerning him or the Ukrainian community in Boston. I went to Ukraine in 1990, just as the Soviet Union was crumbling and Ukraine had decided to declare its independence. I saw for myself the patriotic fervor that my father had brought with him to America and the beautiful countryside that my mother talked about with such love. The older generation had all died, so I didn’t get stories of my parents, but I listened to stories of the World War II battles that went back and forth through their town,” she said.
Sydoriak also interviewed a close family member. “I interviewed my aunt, my father’s sister, who came once to visit us, and as she listened to my mother’s stories, she cautioned me to take some of the stories of my aunt’s mother, my mother’s mother-in-law, the infamous Anyelka, with a grain of salt.”
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