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Following Mariana
by Wayne Schnell
Lincoln, Nebraska
This is the story of a remarkable woman, her relationships with family and friends, and the world events that so dramatically affect their lives. In October 1868, Marianna Weiss, the daughter of a wealthy estate owner, meets Stefan Kohl, the son of a peasant farmer. They live in a German colony on the steppe of southern Russia, a place settled sixty years earlier by their grandfathers and others who came from a troubled central Europe. When Mariana marries Stefan, her father disowns her and declares that the couple will not receive "one dammed ruble" from him. The new couple leases farmland, begin a family, and eventually build a modes house - all on their own. During this period, the Russian czar implements reforms including universal military service for all young men - even the German colonists. When the oldest son, Peter, received notification that he must report for military duty, Marianna decides it is time they go to America. Following Marianna is a unique view of world events occurring during the late 1800s through the early 1900s. This view -- through the eyes of a young Black Sea German Russian Woman -- is not only educational, but also an exciting and intriguing tale of an entire families triumphs and tribulations during difficult times.
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