Far to Go by Alison Pick

By Alison Pick

while Czechoslovakia relinquishes the Sudetenland to Hitler, the strong effect of Nazi propaganda sweeps via cities and villages like a sinister forefront of the Reich's advancing military. A fiercely patriotic secular Jew, Pavel Bauer is helpless to avoid his international from unraveling as first his executive, then his enterprise companions, then his pals flip their again on his prosperous, once-beloved relatives. in basic terms the Bauers' adoring governess, Marta, sticks via Pavel, his spouse, Anneliese, and their little son, Pepik, sure through her deep affection for her employers and acquaintances. but if Marta learns in their drawing close betrayal by the hands of her lover, Ernst, Pavel's ally, she is paralyzed by means of her personal worry of discovery—even because the endangered kin for whom she cares so deeply struggles with the main tricky selection in their lives.

Interwoven with a present-day narrative that gently finds the destiny of the Bauer kinfolk in the course of and after the warfare, Far to Go is a riveting kin epic, love tale, and mental drama.

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She advanced into the room, and thrust the flowers into the vase. It had once belonged to her Uncle Clem, whose funeral, or reburial, at the end of the war she remembered quite well: the gun carriage arriving at the country churchyard, the coffin draped in the regimental flag, the raised swords, the bugle at the graveside, and, most memorably for a five-year-old, her father weeping. Clem was his only sibling. The story of how he had come by the vase was told in one of the last letters the young lieutenant wrote home.

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