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"Deftlystructured and . . . seamless." —Globe and Mail (Toronto)
 
"[A]nuanced and layered portrait of betrayal. . . . The strength of Far to Golies in Pick's ability to show precisely why one person could turn on another,how a single word spoken on impulse could have devastating results." —MontrealGazette

Alison Pick, acclaimed author of The Sweet Edge, delivers the moving and suspenseful story of an affluentJewish family in Czechoslovakia at the onset of World War II, and the governesswho forever alters their future when she seeks shelter in their midst.Interwoven with a present-day narrative revealing each character’s fates after thewar, Far to Go is an emotionallyvivid, masterfully wrought narrative that the Montreal Gazette calls, "an intriguing experiment in the art ofstorytelling."

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    Kindertransport

    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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    Outset of Czech Occupation

    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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