Books by Irene Zabytko

WHEN LUBA LEAVES HOME by Irene Zabytko
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2003

"Often inconsequential taken alone, the stories build incrementally to create a moving whole."
Ten interconnected tales about a tightknit Ukrainian neighborhood in 1960s Chicago: a first collection from the author of the novel The Sky Unwatched (2000). Read full book review >
THE SKY UNWASHED by Irene Zabytko
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 31, 2000

"Marusia is a wonderfully realized character, and the images of devastation with which she stoically grapples and eventually makes her peace are quite literally unforgettable."
A wrenching novel, its UkrainianAmerican author's first, depicts in plaintive detail the consequences of the 1986 nuclear power plant catastrophe at ``Chornobyl.'' Zabytko focuses on two women: widowed Marusia Petrenko, who lives in the village of Starylis with her son Yurko's family, and stays on tending to Yurko (an electrician at Chornobyl) while he lies dying of radiation poisoning, and his mercurial (and adulterous) wife Zosia escapes with their young children to the comparative safety of Moscow. Read full book review >