Anna Nessy Perlberg was born in Prague in the late 1920s. She and her family escaped to New York just a few days after the Nazi invasion in 1939. From her early years of privilege in Prague, to the struggles of a young immigrant in New York City, from her years at Barnard College and Columbia University to a career of service and a loving and story-filled marriage with her poet-husband Mark Perlberg, Anna has lived by the humanitarian principles that were instilled in her by her parents. Ms. Perlberg holds a BA in History from Barnard College, an MA in History from Columbia University, and an MSW from the University of Illinois. Anna feels a connection with today's immigrant children and often speaks about her story to school groups. She and her late husband, the poet Mark Perlberg, settled in Chicago, where she resides.
"An exquisite rumination on history, loss, and love. Anna Perlberg's voice is a luminous guide to the heart of home--hers, but also, as is true of all great stories, ours."--Caroline Heller, author of Reading Claudius: A Memoir in Two Parts; professor, Leslie University "A beautiful, vividly-observed memoir, this is the story of the indomitable Backer family . . . Their historic house in Prague is a major character in itself. A lovely book."--Marie Winn, author, Red-Tails in Love: A Wildlife Drama in Central Park, former Wall Street Journal columnist