From her birth in Poland just before the start of World War II to her retirement in the United States, Through the Eyes of Rita tells the story of author Rita Barone. She offers a look at her tumultuous life throughout the war and the hardships after.
This memoir chronicles her journey to the United States, being trapped in a loveless marriage, and the joy and challenges of raising her children and having grandchildren. Through the Eyes of Rita narrates Barone’s story as she finally experiences peace in her retirement.
Through the Eyes of Rita
“Through the Eyes of Rita is a riveting memoir that reads like a movie brimming with stories of childhood innocence, family, war, escape, love, loss, scandal, and resilience. … through the perspective of a four-year-old in Eastern Europe. As WWII breaks out … we experience her journey of heartbreak, joy, wonder, terror, and eventually relief as she and her family end up in Bavaria after the war ends. Ten years later … the author ventures to America to stay two years, learn English, and return. What she doesn’t see coming is her life being disrupted again, pulling her into a loveless marriage … Not letting it deter her, she forges on raising three children, learning English, and working full time. … The author demonstrates fortitude and resilience while never losing her sense of humor or her capacity to love. Truly inspiring. A must-read …!”
—Laura DiMinno, Huffington Post