SLOVENIAN ROOTS QUEST. Tangled roots, family secrets, a famous immigrant writer who died under mysterious circumstances. Accordions, polkas, and potica. And now a new twist: Josephine and Jožefa, or My Year of Cooking.
I can't deny it: I'm a late-in-life, born again Slovenka. It is surprising that it took so long, since I grew up in and around Cleveland, which boasts the world's second largest Slovenian population. But aside from our yearly potica-making ritual, my mother never talked much about her ethnic roots, either in America or in the tiny, beautiful Alpine land of Slovenia, once part of Yugoslavia. Her parents were named Kozlevcar and Adamic. My grandmother was a cousin of Louis Adamic, the famous leftist writer from the 1930's and 1940's