REGINA'S CLOSET (Beaufort Books, September 2007). This memoir is based on the story of author Diana Raab discovering her grandmother's secret journal more than three decades after she took her life in Diana's childhood home. Regina, Diana's glamorous and spirited grandmother, loved and cared for her until Diana was ten.
Reading the diary, Diana learns all about her grandmother's life--her early years in Poland during World War I, being orphaned at the age of twelve, and her subsequent immigrations to Vienna, Paris and The United States, all prior to World War II. The evolution of Regina's Closet and Raab's journey into her grandmother's past, was prompted by Raab's own personal battles. She hoped that the journal would provide answers and solace, and a reconnection with her grandmother. Throughout the book Raab's reflections are interspersed with Regina's journal excerpts.
Regina's Closet also includes information gathered from various other references and historical documents relating to certain events and locales, photographs and maps, all of which provide a complete picture of Regina's place and time.