Writing as Adria Townsend and J. S. Laurenz

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Westward migration even 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall

This book, Home Sweet Stranger, was inspired by a news story about small former East German towns that were losing generations of young people to the west even 20 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall.  They were looking, not for freedom, but for economic opportunity, and they were mostly women.  History was repeating itself, but with an ironic twist.  Germany is the country that invented the term “wanderlust” in part to describe the migration of young men on their way to become journeymen and masters in their trades. And now the men were being left behind. I thought, what if one of the lost daughters came back?

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