The first-ever winner of the Chautauqua Prize is ….
The Sojourn by Andrew Brivak
National Book Award Finalist
Washington Post Notable Book of the Year
National Public Radio Top 5 Book Club Pick
“Deftly wrought, quietly told . . . Krivak studied all the Great War novels before writing, and the result is a debut novel at home amongst those classics. Highly recommended.” —Historical Novels Review (Editor’s Choice)
“Rendered in spare, elegant prose, yet rich in authentic detail, The Sojourn . . . stands with the most memorable stories about World War I. Krivak’s tale has an archetypal quality; it is a retelling of the hero’s inner and outer journey through impossibly rugged landscapes, toward survival and wholeness.” —ForeWord Reviews
“Inspired by oral histories of the “ol’ kawntree” passed on by his Slovakian grandmother, Krivak, who once dreamed of a career in music and spent eight years in a Jesuit order, has crafted a novel of uncommon lyricism and moral ambiguity that balances the spare with the expansive. He juxtaposes the brutality of Jozef’s environment, both natural and human, during his childhood in the Carpathians and his military service on the Italian front and after with the beauty of mountain vistas and moments of love, sacrifice, and compassion between his finely drawn characters.” —The Chautauqua Prize committee
Other Chautauqua Prize finalists included:
- All Cry Chaos by Leonard Rosen (on order)
- Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
- In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson (Note: We also have this in an ebook format)
- We Are Taking Only What We Need by Stephanie Powell Watts (on order)
- Why Read Moby-Dick? by Nathaniel Philbrick
The Chautauqua Prize is a new national prize that celebrates a book of fiction or literary/narrative nonfiction that provides a richly rewarding reading experience and honors the author for a significant contribution to the literary arts. Check them out!