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 used to be uprooted from a 19th-century mining city in Colorado by way of a kinfolk tragedy and returns together with his father to an impoverished shepherd’s lifestyles in rural Austria-Hungary. while global warfare One comes, Jozef joins his followed brother as a sharpshooter within the Kaiser’s military, surviving a deadly trek around the frozen Italian Alps and seize through a positive enemy.
A stirring story of brotherhood, coming-of-age, and survival, that used to be encouraged through the author’s circle of relatives heritage, this novel inspires a time whilst Czechs, Slovaks, Austrians, and Germans fought at the related facet whereas divided by way of 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 nice immigration to the US and the need to reside the yankee dream amidst the unfolding tragedy in Europe.
The Sojourn is Andrew Krivak's first novel. Krivak is usually the writer of A lengthy Retreat: looking for a non secular 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 young ones in Massachusetts the place he teaches within the Honors application at Boston College.