"Fusing history with the contemporary, this missing child tale is immensely moving, heart wrenching even. It’s a gripping story of love and determination, with subtle political undertones that form the catalyst for the events that follow... It’s one thing to have an engrossing premise but quite another to execute it as competently as Ewa Dodd has done." – The Nudge
A young boy goes missing during a workers' strike in 1980s Communist Poland, unravelling a chain of events which will touch people across decades and continents.
Twenty years later and Joanna, a young journalist in Warsaw, is still looking for her brother. Matty, a high-flying London city financier is struggling with relationship problems and unexplained panic attacks. And in Chicago, an old man is slowly dying in a nursing home, losing his battle with liver cancer.
What connects them? As the mystery begins to unravel, the world of the three protagonists is turned upside down. But can they find each other before time runs out?
A poignant historical novel about loss and self-discovery told with compassion and unflinching honesty.
Ewa Dodd has been writing since she was young - starting small with short self-illustrated books for children. More recently, she has delved into novel-writing, and is particularly interested in literature based in Poland, where her family are from. The Walls Came Down is her first published novel, for which she was shortlisted for the Virginia Prize for Fiction.