Island Book's open book club meets the last Thursday of every month at 7:30pm. Our staff facilitator chooses both fiction and nonfiction titles. All are welcome to attend. This month's choice is The Sojourn by Andrew Krivak.
Note: Due to a scheduling conflict with another event, this meeting will be held off site.
A 2011 National Book Award Finalist in Fiction, The Sojourn is the
story of Jozef Vinich, who was uprooted from a 19th-century mining town
in Colorado by a family tragedy and returns with his father to an
impoverished shepherd's life in rural Austria-Hungary. When World War
One comes, Jozef joins his adopted brother as a sharpshooter in the
Kaiser's army, surviving a perilous trek across the frozen Italian Alps
and capture by a victorious enemy. A stirring tale of brotherhood,
coming-of-age, and survival, that was inspired by the author's own
family history, this novel evokes a time when Czechs, Slovaks,
Austrians, and Germans fought on the same side while divided by
language, ethnicity, and social class in the most brutal war to date. It
is also a poignant tale of fathers and sons, addressing the great
immigration to America and the desire to live the American dream amidst
the unfolding tragedy in Europe.