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Bainbridge author recounts tale of globetrotting family

The Eagle Harbor Book Company will present author Judith Brown this weekend with her book, “Trouble? What’s That?”

Brown will read from her family memoir the collected tales of two families who have time and again resisted falling apart in the face of trouble.

“I am a writer, and my father, before he died, asked me to write his biography,” Brown said.

“I really have a remarkable family, so to leave any of them out, would be leaving a piece of me out.”

Brown’s father lived in Russia during the Lenin regime. As a banker there, he was eventually forced to leave the country.

Before he died, he passed on correspondence letters from his time in Russia and other memorabilia telling his story of fleeing and eventually rebuilding a life.

“Trouble? What’s That?” begins with him and flows down the generations of the Browns and Reynolds — from her father buying a house on Bainbridge Island just after World War II, to her time living in Turkey, married to an American doctor working on the Syrian border, and finally to Brown’s grandchildren.

One grandchild has traveled back to the Middle East to Syria, where she works with children refugees. A son, meanwhile, is involved with the Native American tribes in Indianola.

“I am very proud of my family because they are very globally oriented,” Brown said.

In “Trouble? What’s That?”, Brown pulls together first-hand accounts of her family’s adventures to create a generational story of travel, thrill and determination.

Brown has lived on Bainbridge Island for 35 years. Her four children and eight grandchildren have settled in such places as the U.S., Australia, Turkey, Indonesia and Italy.

She will be reading from her book at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 28 at Eagle Harbor Book Company, where her book will be available for purchase.

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