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By Andrew Krivak

The Sojourn, finalist for the nationwide booklet Award and winner of either the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and inaugural Chautauqua Prize, is the tale of Jozef Vinich, who was once uprooted from a 19th-century mining city in Colorado by means of a kinfolk tragedy and returns together with his father to an impoverished shepherd’s lifestyles in rural Austria-Hungary. while global conflict One comes, Jozef joins his followed brother as a sharpshooter within the Kaiser’s military, surviving a dangerous trek around the frozen Italian Alps and catch by way of a effective enemy.

A stirring story of brotherhood, coming-of-age, and survival, that was once encouraged via the author’s circle of relatives historical past, this novel inspires a time whilst Czechs, Slovaks, Austrians, and Germans fought at the similar part whereas divided through language, ethnicity, and social classification within the such a lot brutal battle to this point. it's also a poignant story of fathers and sons, addressing the good immigration to the United States and the will to reside the yank dream amidst the unfolding tragedy in Europe.

The Sojourn is Andrew Krivak's first novel. Krivak can also be the writer of A lengthy Retreat: looking for a spiritual Life, a memoir approximately his 8 years within the Jesuit Order, and editor of The Letters of William Carlos Williams to Edgar Irving Williams, 1902-1912, which obtained the Louis L. Martz Prize. The grandson of Slovak immigrants, Krivak grew up in Pennsylvania, has lived in London, and now lives along with his spouse and 3 youngsters in Massachusetts the place he teaches within the Honors application at Boston College.

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