"Charged with emotion and longing...this lean, resonant debut [is] an undeniably powerful accomplishment.
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Inspired by Andrew Krivak’s personal family history, The Sojourn is the story of Jozef Vinich, who was uprooted from a 19th-century mining town in Colorado by a shocking family tragedy to return with his father to an impoverished shepherd’s life in rural Austria-Hungary. When war comes, Jozef joins his cousin and brother-in-arms as a sharpshooter on the southern front, where he must survive a perilous trek across the frozen Italian Alps and capture by a victorious enemy.
As poetic as Cold Mountain and The English Patient, this novel grips readers with chilling scenes of death and survival as it evokes a time when Czechs, Slovaks, Austrians, Hungarians, 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 amid the unfolding tragedy in Europe.
National Book Award Finalist
Winner of The Chautauqua Prize
An Indie Next List selection: Great Reads from Booksellers You Trust
A Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection
Winner 2012 Dayton Literary Peace Prize