I consider myself an avid reader. I read about thirty books per year, which isn’t a staggering number, but between three kids (four and under), running a house and trying to have a life, I’d say it’s a decent number. I’m no Oprah but I feel like have it on good authority to recommend a good read and Far To Go is one of the best books that I have read in a long time. Far To Go, by local Toronto author, Alison Pick is guaranteed to make you cry, question your beliefs, challenge your thinking and leave you breathless. I promise!
Set in 1939 Czechoslovakia, wealthy textile merchants, Pavel and Annelise are faced with increasing anti-Semitism, as the political climate grows hostile for Jewish nationals. Realizing their options for escape are limited they must decide whether to separate the family and place their young son on the kindertransport. Their nightmare is made complicated by a twisted web of deceit, confliction and unconditional love.
It may sound like a familiar story but Pick’s characters are rich in complexity and achingly human. Her writing left me feeling gutted by the painful loss that was a reality for many Jewish families during the Holocaust.
I had the opportunity to meet Pick when she attended our book club’s review of her novel, Far To Go. I gushed just like a schoolgirl meeting Justin Beiber. But really, how could I not. Just read this novel and this author’s raw talent will mesmerize you.
Why more people don’t know about this book saddens me. It should be soaring bestsellers. It should be sitting on Heather’s table of picks. Oprah should be emphatically hollering, “You get a copy and you get a copy and you get a copy!”
As I often write, I am not a reviewer but merely a suggester. Should you want to read a review of this book by some savvy book bloggers may I suggest Kerry Clare of Pickle Me This, Bibliomama, and Kevin From Canada. If you prefer print media reviews, take a look at what The National Post and Globe and Mail have to say about this special book.
If you only read one book this year, make it this one! Have you read Far To Go? If so, what did you think?