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Local author’s first novel is based on family history and a gift to her mother

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Posted: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 7:30 am

Judy Egett (J.E.) Laufer promised herself that she would complete her first novel about a pivotal event in her parents’ lives before her mother, Kati, turned 90 on May 15. Not only did Laufer complete the novel, “Choices: The True Story of One Family’s Daring Escape to Freedom,” it is officially being released on her mother’s birthday.

The novel, geared toward young adult readers, chronicles her parents’ harrowing escape from Hungary in 1956, as the Soviets invaded the country to crush a nascent revolution. Once in Austria, the kindness of a 16-year-old Catholic girl named Annemarie set in motion a final journey to freedom.

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