Margit Liesche is the daughter of Hungarian refugees who arrived in the States in 1947 following years of missionary service in war-torn central China. Weaned on her parents' tales of adventure and escape, intrigue is part of her DNA. Margit's passion is bringing history—and historical figures—to life through fiction, helping preserve what should never be forgotten.
Portions of Triptych (2013), and now her just completed manuscript, Waiting for Örzse, are set in 1950s Hungary, a time and place close to her heart. Both are portrayals of the loss of freedom and a way of life under an imposed totalitarian system overlaying a compelling human focus on the tangled nature of mother-daughter relationships. Triptych is rooted loosely in personal family stories; Waiting for Örzse spins off the life of Margit Kovács, a Hungarian ceramist of great renown who successfully reinvented herself under both the Nazi and Communist regimes. The inspiration for these two latest novels is captured in Margit's The Ocean Between Us, a personal essay of the journey to a deeper understanding of her Hungarian refugee mother and her heritage (published in the Fall 2016 Chicago Quarterly Review).
Margit has appeared as a guest-expert on the PBS series History Detectives. A proud library card holder since the age of seven, she has been active behind the scenes and in the hot seat at numerous library fundraisers. A longtime resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, she grew up near Chicago where portions of Triptych and Waiting for Örzse are set.