Recently author Sharon Marchisello brought Mark Lee Myers as her guest to the Coffee Morning and delighted to say that Mike will now be joining the Cafe and Bookstore with his book The Tomato Smuggler: How One Man Stood Up To Communism.
About the Tomato Smuggler
A son’s tribute.
His father waged war without bullets, triumphing over communist oppression during Dictator Ceauşescu’s final decade in rural Romania.
Communism robbed freedom, so Nicolae’s father led the family to subtle and overt resistance to retain their dignity. The Cismigiu family built a thriving tomato business and smuggled tomatoes to market to survive. Creatively defying tyranny brought harassment and intimidation directed at what was most valued: family, a prized workhorse, and their tomato farm.
Zeal to keep the spirit of freedom alive came at a cost many could not pay, even the death of a friend during one of their harrowing, midnight tomato smugglings. Joy and sorrow were interwoven into the fabric of the family’s life story, but they focused on happiness and contentment. Grandpa always believed the Americans would come and liberate Romania after WWII but never lived to see the day. Ironically, his dream did come true. It skipped a generation and impacted Nicolae.
One of the recent reviews for the book
This book describes a father’s journey to protect his family’s freedom from a communist government. The details provided are from his son, Nicolae, who witnessed and participated in this journey. This is a true story with most of the happenings from the 1980’s when the “story teller” was young boy approaching his high school years. The detail is so descriptive you feel you are walking along side the characters and my thoughts went from wondering where all this determination came from to understanding the total necessity. The love of his family and the pursuit of freedom was the reason there was no turning back. A true inspiration and a great read.
About Mark Lee Myers
Mark and his wife, Jeanette, were childhood sweethearts and have shared a great life together.
Mark is a Storyteller. He speaks with passion and writes with a natural voice to give others the gift he gives to himself: a deepened curiosity and broadened perspective.
Mark loves the realism of life stories–to preserve and share them. He is an explorer at heart who immensely enjoys meeting people and learning their love of life, song of spirit, and struggles of endurance–the things that make them uniquely different and yet so similar.
I’m at home with a poor man,
At ease with a king,
And I fit right in with all those in-between.
Thank you for dropping by today and I am sure Mark would love your feedback – Thanks Sally.