Far to Go by Alison Pick gives a unique view of WWII. Marta was
nanny to the Bauer’s son Pepik, she loved the child fiercely. The Bauer family
owns a local factory and they are generous employers. But where should Marta’s
loyalties lie when Czechoslovakia is taken by the Germans? She is not Jewish and could be safe if she
chooses sides wisely. Or does she side
with the Bauer family? The full horror of
the final solution planned by the Third Reich for the Bauers and the rest of
the Jewish community cannot be comprehended at first. Of course they expect some inconvenience,
some adjustments to what life will be like in future, but they do not
understand their peril until it is far too late. Inconvenience and adjustments are not the
issue; basic survival will be beyond reach for millions.
"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."
About the Author
Alison Pick was the Bronwen Wallace Award winner for the most promising writer under thirty-five in Canada. Her first novel is The Sweet Edge, and her second novel, the bestseller Far to Go, was nominated for the Man Booker Prize, won the Canadian Jewish Book Award for Fiction, and was named a "Top 10 of 2010" book by the Toronto Star. Between Gods, named a "Best Book" by both the Globe and Mail and CBC, has been nominated for the prestigious BC National Award for Nonfiction.