In "Costly Illusions" (published by iUniverse), author Vesna Grudzinski Sutija's new novel, readers join Alexandra as she fights to change her unhappy life.

After a happy childhood in Croatia, Alexandra tries to adjust to a new life as an immigrant in New York, aspiring to become a journalist. Lonely and perplexed with dating customs, she rushes into a loveless marriage with an older, controlling businessman. Seeking love outside her marriage with a charismatic man, she partially blames herself for his sudden rejection. Over the years Alexandra struggles to retain her identity as woman, wife, mother and a professional, until some lost letters of her former lover force her to reevaluate the past. The confrontation with the truth exerts an effort to overcome this - yet another - obstacle to salvage her identity intact.

An excerpt from "Costly Illusion":

"Should I be proud of just surviving a loss? Isn't there more to life? I realize that it is not regret for a future void, but rage for not been given the opportunity to try, the opportunity to create freely without having to fight stubbornly for a balance. That's I how felt. It was a constant effort to retain an identity."

"It is my hope that readers see that tough days and tough problems of contemporary existence are survivable and one can win the game despite the temporary setbacks," she says.

"Costly Illusions"
By Vesna Grudzinski Sutija
Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 248 pages | ISBN 9781475987720
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 248 pages | ISBN 9781475987737
E-Book | 248 pages | ISBN 9781475987713
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Vesna Grudzinski Sutija was born in the former Yugoslavia and briefly lived in Venezuela and Chile. She retired from academia and resides in New York.

iUniverse, an Author Solutions, LLC, self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing provider. iUniverse has a strategic alliance with Indigo Books & Music, Inc. in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader's Choice, Rising Star and Editor's Choice designations-self-publishing's only such awards program. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, iUniverse also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information or to publish a book, please visit or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniversebooks on Twitter.

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