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The Man Booker Prize finalist Far to Go by acclaimed author Alison Pick is historical fiction at its very best.

When Czechoslovakia relinquishes the Sudetenland to Hitler, the powerful influence of Nazi propaganda sweeps through towns and villages like a sinister vanguard of the Reich's advancing army. A fiercely patriotic secular Jew, Pavel Bauer is helpless to prevent his world from unraveling as first his government, then his business partners, then his neighbors turn their back on his affluent, once-beloved family. Only the Bauers' adoring governess, Marta, sticks by Pavel, his wife, Anneliese, and their little son, Pepik, bound by her deep affection for her employers and friends. But when Marta learns of their impending betrayal at the hands of her lover, Ernst, Pavel's best friend, she is paralyzed by her own fear of discovery—even as the endangered family for whom she cares so deeply struggles with the most difficult decision of their lives.

Interwoven with a present-day narrative that gradually reveals the fate of the Bauer family during and after the war, Far to Go is a riveting family epic, love story, and psychological drama.

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Outset of Czech Occupation
February 6th, 2015
This is the story of how an assimilated Jewish family, living comfortably within a Czech community, is caught up in the events preceeding Hitler's eventual occupation of first the Sudetanland , and then all of Czekoslovakia . It also offers insight into the kindertransport , which attempted to save the lives of Jewish children by separating them from their families, and relocating them to foster families throughout Great Britain and Canada. The story is narrated by an unknown person, not revealed until the end, whose entire lifestory is a haunting consequence of these events .
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Kindertransport
February 3rd, 2015
Written partly as a first person memoir, and partly as a third person narrative. This book skillfully blends the memories and perspectives of its characters, in a time of uncertainty and anxiety over the Nazi intrusion into Czekoslovakia of 1939. It tells of the divisions of loyalty between German-speaking and Czech nationalist before the annexation of the Sudetanland and German occupation of Czekoslovakia. But most of all, it tells of the sunder in of a family's ties, before the first shots are fired, and the lonely, incomplete emotional healing of the survivors .
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