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Far to Go by Alison Pick
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Jun 09, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: library, canadiana, 9-star
Read from June 08 to 09, 2011

Alison Pick is a new-to-me Canadian author and I'm pleased to have discovered her. Far to Go is a moving and beautifully written story. I'm not surprised to learn that the author is also a poet.

Pavel and Anneliese Bauer are secular Jews who live in a small Czechoslovakian town in the Sudetenland with their six-year-old son Pepik and his nanny, Marta. None of them can foresee how their lives will change when England and France agree to cede the Sudetenland to Germany in 1938, part of Neville Chamberlain's appeasement for "peace in our time". Marta is a complex and entirely believable character, torn between her loyalty to the Bauers, her love for Pepik, and her own needs and insecurities. This was a time of courage, of cowardice, of betrayal, of indecision, and of great loss. It's a gripping, beautifully told story, but profoundly sad. The author was inspired by her own family's journey to Canada from Czechoslovakia during WWII. Highly recommended.
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