Regina's Closet

Finding My Grandmother's Secret Journal

By Diana M. Raab
(Beaufort Books, Hardcover, 9780825305757, 166pp.)

Publication Date: September 2007

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When glamorous Regina inexplicably ends her own life, her ten-year-old grand-daughter Diana is devasted by the loss and haunted by questions she never got to ask her grandmother. Three decades later, Diana discovers her grandmother's journal which gives Diana a window into the unknown events of Regina's tumultuous life, including surviving World War I, the heartbreak of being orphaned, and the pandemonium of events during her immigrations from Poland to Vienna to Paris and finally to the United States.Diana draws strength from her grandmother's example, which sustains her when she receives some of her own shattering news. To share her personal story, Diana must first tell Regina's. The end result is a unique braided narrative, with excerpts of Regina's diary interwoven with Diana's own life experiences, creating a touching portrait between granddaughter and grandmother, their past and present, loves and losses, and the discovery of their shared legacy.

About the Author
An essayist, memoirist, and poet, Diana M. Raab is an instructor in the UCLA Extension WritersA[a¬a[ Program. She is the author of three poetry collections, Dear AnaAAs: My Life in Poems for You, The Guilt Gene, and My Muse Undresses Me, and the memoir ReginaA[a¬a[s Closet: Finding My GrandmotherA[a¬a[s Secret JournalA[a¬awinner of numerous awards including the 2009 MomA[a¬a[s Choice Award for Adult Nonfiction and the 2008 Indie Excellence Award for Memoir.
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