Collected Works presents Albuquerque author T. Zane Reeves, Ph.D. for a reading of his latest book, Shoes Along the Danube. Based on a true story, the book follows the lives for two Hungarian families, the Rézlers and the Földes, one gentile and the other Jewish, through three decades. Reeves will be presenting in conversation with Billie Blair, President of the Santa Fe Community Foundation.
Shoes Along the Danube begins in pre-World War II Budapest, as Hungary allies with Nazi Germany. The story builds through the siege of Budapest, the Russian occupation of Hungary, and separation by exile. Throughout this tumultuous period, Julius Rézler is a rising star among Budapest academics who refuses to compromise his integrity by leaving the country. His American half-brother, Francis, is a diplomat helping democratic Hungarians fight Nazis, and later organizes covert activities against the communists. Agnes Földes is a Jewish woman who fights to maintain her dignity during the Holocaust.
Bryan Dawson, Executive Chairman of the American Hungarian Federation, calls Shoes Along the Danube "a fascinating, honest look at lives intertwined with the history unfolding around them... [It] is a most fitting allegory for all those that left their lives behind."
T. Zane Reeves, Ph.D. taught at Pepperdine University and California State University, Dominquez Hills, before moving to the University of New Mexico. He frequently visits Hungary, where he is a board member of the Julius Rezler foundation in Budapest. His six published titles include From Budapest to Albuquerque: The American Life of Julius Rezler.