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 via a relatives tragedy and returns along with his father to an impoverished shepherd’s lifestyles in rural Austria-Hungary. whilst global battle 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 by means of a positive enemy.
A stirring story of brotherhood, coming-of-age, and survival, that used to be encouraged by means of the author’s circle of relatives heritage, this novel conjures up a time whilst Czechs, Slovaks, Austrians, and Germans fought at the similar facet whereas divided via language, ethnicity, and social type within the such a lot brutal struggle thus far. it's also a poignant story of fathers and sons, addressing the nice immigration to the United States and the will to dwell the yankee dream amidst the unfolding tragedy in Europe.
The Sojourn is Andrew Krivak's first novel. Krivak is additionally the writer of A lengthy Retreat: looking for a spiritual 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 bought 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 software at Boston College.