112th: Andrew Krivak on "The Signal Flame"
Please join us Friday, March 24th at 7pm for a reading and discussion of A Signal Flame, the new book by Andrew Krivák.
The stunning second novel from National Book Award finalist Andrew Krivak—a heartbreaking, captivating story about a family awaiting the return of their youngest son from the Vietnam War.
In a small town in Pennsylvania’s Endless Mountains Hannah and her son Bo mourn the loss of the family patriarch, Jozef Vinich. They were three generations under one roof. Three generations, but only one branch of a scraggy tree; they are a war-haunted family in a war-torn century. Having survived the trenches of World War I as an Austro-Hungarian conscript, Vinich journeyed to America and built a life for his family. His daughter married the Hungarian-born Bexhet Konar, who enlisted to fight with the Americans in the Second World War but brought disgrace on the family when he was imprisoned for desertion. He returned home to Pennsylvania a hollow man, only to be killed in a hunting accident on the family’s land. Finally, in 1971, Hannah’s prodigal younger son, Sam, was reported MIA in Vietnam.
Andrew Krivák is the author of the award-winning novel, The Sojourn, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and received the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for fiction and the inaugural Chautauqua Prize. He lives in Somerville, Massachusetts with his wife and three children.