Dibrova, a rustic woodland near Brighton, Michigan, has been a cherished summer haven to thousands of Ukrainian immigrants. They gathered here at picnics festivals, camps, sports competitions and bonfires.
Myrosia Stefaniuk’s memoir is the universal story of refugees and displaced people who search for stability and kinship in a place where they can connect with nature and feel at home although separated from their ancestral land.
Whatever roles we played back in the city, our homes, school or jobs, all these masks were left behind when we stretched out in the sun. Here, in familiar, comfortable and comforting surroundings, nature won out and our personalities became open and unassuming. Here we were truly free…
MYROSIA STEFANIUK, DIBROVA DIARY
Dibrova Diary review in The Ukrainian Weekly
Rich with history and vivid imagery, Myrosia Stefaniuk’s Dibrova Diary delves into the very soul of a captivating lakefront estate that has served as a second home to five generations of Ukrainians in the Detroit area. Lore, legends and personal anecdotes are interwoven with poetry and fascinating facts. The connections between people and traditions, between community and the ties that bind, and the search for home resound throughout this magnificent gem.
KSENIA RYCHTYCKA, author of CROSSING
BY MYROSIA STEFANIUK
with drawings by Luba Kytasta
Myrosia Stefaniuk, writer and teacher, has published poetry, prose, nonfiction and literary translations. Her family fled the Soviet takeover of Ukraine, lived in refugee camps for Displaced Persons in Europe, and ultimately resettled in the Detroit area. She is married, has two adult children and six grandchildren.
Luba Kytasta’s drawings reflect her expanded vision of Dibrova’s untamed beauty, beckon us to see familiar things in a new light and discover something magical that we didn’t know. Luba is a ballet mistress and artist – and the author’s sister.