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Far to Go

Far to Go

"I wish this were a happy story. A story to make you doubt, and despair, and then have your hopes redeemed so you could believe again, at the last minute, in the essential goodness of the world around us and the people in it.”

So begins the mysterious present-day narrator and the compelling saga that takes us deep inside the world of one Jewish family during the lead-up to the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1939. Inspired by the harrowing five-year journey Alison Pick’s own grandparents embarked upon from their native Czechoslovakia to Canada during the Second World War, Far to Go is an epic historical novel that traces one family’s journey through these tumultuous and traumatic events. Set in the former Czechoslovakia during the build-up to the Second World War, Far to Go is the story of the Bauers, an affluent, and largely secular, Jewish family. As Nazi German forces close in on Czech territory, the Bauers’ world starts to crumble. Parents Pavel and Anneliese are forced to make a heart-wrenching decision — should they send their only child away on the Kindertransport?

The conflicted parents struggle to decide what is best for their six-year-old son, Pepik, in this powerful, deftly rendered tale. It is compelling throughout, but the true magic of the novel lies in Pick’s depiction of the events leading up to the Bauers’ fateful decision.