Author(s): KRIVAK ANDREW
The Sojourn evokes the WW1 classics by the British and German greats (Sasson, Blunden, Graves, Remarque, and Junger) at the same time that it joins the ranks of the best contemporary literature about war. The Sojourn is quieter and more contemplative, but no less powerful than Sebastian Junger's War and Karl Marlantes Matterhorn, and as poetic as Cold Mountain and The English Patient. This WW1 story is unusual in that it is set on the southern, Italian front.The Sojourn is derived from the true story of Krivak's grandfather. A story dealing with the great immigration to America, the "old country" and the desire to live the American dream in the beginning of the 20th century amid the unfolding tragedy in Europe of the first World War.
We are seeking blurbs from Tim O'Brien, Sebastian Junger, Pat Barker, Ron Hansen, Leah Hager Cohen, Sebastian Faulks, Nicole Krauss, Mark Doty and others. Dedicated publicist for this title (Molly Mikolowski has replaced Janna Rademacher). Great contender for Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writer's nomination as well as a Powell's Indiespensible edition. We will make a strong Indie bookseller push, trying to leverage the attention garnered for the press in the wake of Tinkers. Special mailing to handpicked list of indie bookstores. Will make good use of the book club marketing plan that we've established for Tinkers-since this seems like another title/ author that would resonate with reading groups. Outreach to NPR shows: Leonard Lopate at WNYC. Tom Ashbrook at WBUR. Even reaching to Morning Edition, Weekend Edition, and All Things Considered.Author has a Facebook page and we may start a mini-site specifically for The Sojourn.
The Sojourn, winner of the Chautauqua Prize and finalist for the National Book Award, is Andrew Krivak's first novel. Krivak is also the author of A Long Retreat: In Search of a Religious Life, a memoir about his eight years in the Jesuit Order, and editor of The Letters of William Carlos Williams to Edgar Irving Williams, 1902-1912, which received the Louis L. Martz Prize. The grandson of Slovak immigrants, Krivak grew up in Pennsylvania, has lived in London, and now lives with his wife and three children in Massachusetts where he teaches in the Honors Program at Boston College.