Book - Memoir

Dana Romans refreshingly candid and unsentimental memoir is a compelling look at life behind the Iron Curtain and the Canadian immigrant experience. 

Path to Freedom is especially relevant today with the rise of dictatorial strongman regimes around the world.

With dry humour and pointed irony, Roman delivers a rich family story while also movingly illustrating the abuses of a Communist regime and the fear and paranoia it created in its citizens.

--Zsuzsi Gartner, 

author of the Giller Prize-shortlisted Better Living Through Plastic Explosives and the Writers Trust Fiction finalist, The Beguiling


Dana Roman, a notable Czech-Canadian artist, created a new piece of art, a picture of life in the turbulent twentieth century. This time, the medium is the computer keyboard.

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Dana’s story is beautifully written.  You can imagine her sitting in your garden telling you the story of her incredible life.   She writes as if she’s speaking the story, drawing you close to her generous, creative, funny, brave and loving personality.    Dana brings life lessons to the pages in a humorous way. You will cry and laugh. If you were born and raised in Canada, you will give thanks.

Colleene Peterson


Dana Roman’s creative journey has been a mesmerizing fusion of colours, textures, and emotions. As a friend and ex-colleague, I’ve witnessed Dana’s evolution as an artist. Her life of dedication and passion has been the driving force behind her exceptional creations, which adorn our hearts and souls, not just the canvas.

Ida Nemeth


I met Dana Roman through The Shoe Project.  She first told a part of her story 

there. I expect the memoir will tell us more and in just as engaging a way.  You can read her shoe story online at

Katherine Govier,

prize-winning Canadian novelist and founder of The Shoe Project