Nominated by:

Miami-Dade Public Library System, USA

Publisher of nominated edition:

Bellevue Literary Press, USA

The Sojourn

Andrew Krivak      

2013 Longlist

Uprooted from a nineteenth century mining town in Colorado by a shocking family tragedy, young Jozef Vinich returns with his father to an impoverished shepherd’s life in rural Austria-Hungary. When war comes, Jozef is sent as a sharpshooter to the southern front, where he must survive the killing trenches, a perilous trek across the frozen Italian Alps, and capture by a victorious enemy. Strikingly contemporary though replete with evocative historical detail, The Sojourn will join the ranks of the great classic fiction of World War One.

(From Publisher)

About the Author

Andrew Krivak is the author of A Long Retreat: In Search of a Religious Life, a memoir about his eight years in the Jesuit Order, and editor of The Letters of William Carlos Williams to Edgar Irving Williams, 1902-1912, which received the Louis L. Martz Prize. The grandson of Slovak immigrants, Krivak grew up in Pennsylvania, has lived in London, and now lives with his wife and three children in Massachusetts where he teaches in the Honors Program at Boston College. The Sojourn is his first novel.

Librarian’s Comments

The Sojourn is a beautifully told story of a young man’s coming of age in World War 1 Austria. It is quiet, serene, and filled with humanity, even while recounting scenes of violence and war.

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