Far to Go

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House of Anansi, Jan 1, 2010 - Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) - 314 pages
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Winner of the Helen and Stan Vine Jewish Book Award and finalist for the Man Booker Prize

In Far to Go, one of our most accomplished young writers takes us inside the world of an affluent Jewish family in Prague during the lead-up to Hitler's invasion of Czechoslovakia.

In 1939, Pavel and Anneliese Bauer are secular Jews whose lives are turned upside down by the arrival of Hitler. They are unable to leave the country in time to avoid deportation, but they do manage to get their six-year-old son Pepik a place on a Kindertransport. Meanwhile, a fascinating and compelling present-day strand in the story slowly reveals the unexpected fates of each of the Bauers. Through a series of surprising twists, Pick leads us to ask: What does it mean to cling to identity in the face of persecution? And what are the consequences if you attempt to change your identity?

Inspired by the harrowing five-year journey Alison Pick's own grandparents embarked upon from their native Czechoslovakia to Canada during the Second World War, Far to Gois an epic historical novel that traces one family's journey through these tumultuous and traumatic events. A layered, beautifully written, moving, and suspenseful story by one of our rising literary stars.

 

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User Review  - gayla.bassham - LibraryThing

A Holocaust book, yes, but one with a strikingly different story. Pick did a remarkable job with this book. The writing is elegant, but not self-consciously arty, and Pick manages to explore the impact of events on several characters in just a couple hundred pages. Read full review

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User Review  - Smits - LibraryThing

A moving story of a Jewish family in 1939 at the brink of the holocaust trying to figure out if they should leave or not, the paranoia, fear , indecision and the results of this. Interjected is a ... Read full review

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Alison Pick was the 2002 Bronwen Wallace Award winner for the most promising writer under thirty-five in Canada. She has published two acclaimed volumes of poetry, and her writing has appeared widely in magazines, including The Walrus, enRoute, and Toronto Life. Her 2005 novel, The Sweet Edge, was a Globe and MailTop 100 Book and was optioned for film. Currently on faculty at the Banff Centre for the Arts Wired Writing Studio, Alison Pick lives in Toronto with her family.

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