Uprooted from a nineteenth century mining town in Colorado by a shocking family tragedy, young Jozef Vinich returns with his father to an impoverished shepherd’s life in rural Austria-Hungary. When war comes, Jozef is sent as a sharpshooter to the southern front, where he must survive the killing trenches, a perilous trek across the frozen Italian Alps, and capture by a victorious enemy. Strikingly contemporary though replete with evocative historical detail, The Sojourn will join the ranks of the great classic fiction of World War One.
NOMINATING LIBRARY COMMENTS
The Sojourn is a beautifully told story of a young man’s coming of age in World War 1 Austria. It is quiet, serene, and filled with humanity, even while recounting scenes of violence and war.
Bellevue Literary Press