Marian E. Lindberg

This is a photo I found in the attic while I was researching what happened to Walter Lindberg. The little boy, my father, looks sad. The man he adored was boarding a steamship for Brazil, and Dad was probably wondering whether he would ever see Walter again. The tall woman is my grandmother, Elsa, a Hungarian immigrant. What I found out about her was perhaps the biggest surprise of all. You can see one of the only photographs I have of Walter by clicking on the link under "Memoir" on the top of the column at right.

This is where Walter wound up, along with people from all over the world who became known as "red feet." The photo gives you a pretty big hint about the source of the name, but my book will tell you a lot more about Brazil in the 1930s. I found the history fascinating and hope you will, too.


"A beautifully written, moving and distinct work."
--Library Journal

"This intriguing journey of self-discovery reads as an exotic travel memoir as well."
-- Booklist

"An adventure story, a family saga, an astonishing journey of discovery and identity."
-- Kristen Iversen, Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats

"I was in thrall, page after page, awaiting the answers to mysteries past and present."
-- Kathleen Finneran, The Tender Land: A Family Love Story

"In the end, many questions about the past will never be answered with any certainty, which leads to bigger questions: How do we move forward when our understanding is provisional? How do we make choices based on unstable knowledge? Ms. Lindberg’s big, ambitious book traces a path through this disarray, and in doing so she provides a map for the many migrations we face in the 21st century."
--Professor Stephanie Wade, East Hampton Star

The End of the Rainy Season--Discovering My Family's Hidden Past in Brazil
"The End of the Rainy Season" published in April 2015 by Soft Skull Press, an imprint of Counterpoint.

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Selected Works

"This ruminative family mystery brims with incident." Elle Magazine

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