This remarkable book depicts the story of a life which embraces nearly a whole century and was marked by exoulsions, exile and personal drawbacks – as well as the irrepressible will to start all over again with an optimistic view towards an uncertain future. Elsie Slonim was born in Brooklyn in 1917. At the end of World War I, her parents decided to migrate to Europe, where Elsie spent her youth in Romania and the small spa town Baden near Vienna, until they were persecuted by the Nazis and managed to embark on a steamer to the USA. Back in America, she marrieda citrus farmer and went with him in Cyprus, Israel and France. In 1974, she witnessed the Turkish invasion of Cyprus and lives stil today in her home, now located in the middle of a restricted military area. Had it been the mereoutcome of the stroke of a genius, the story of her life would cover all aspects of a great literary character, as created by Flaubert, Lewis or Sehnitzler.