Mark Slouka - Author

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Mark Slouka is a Contributing Editor at Harper's, and the author ofThe Woodcarver's Tale and God's Fool.

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All That Is Left Is All That Matters Stories

All That Is Left Is All That Matters Stories

Author: Mark Slouka Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/08/2018

In fifteen beautifully wrought stories-ranging from occupied Czechoslovakia to California's Central Valley to the rainforests of the Pacific Northwest-Mark Slouka explores moments in life when our back is to the wall. One of the most forceful American writers of his generation, Slouka captures the depth and emotional range of an array of characters-from a young boy attempting to shield his father from painful memories in The Hare's Mask to a lonely man whose beloved dog inexplicably begins to sprout razor blades from her skin in Dog. Whether battling the end of desire, the fact of injustice, or death itself, the men and women in these stories are doing everything possible to tighten their grip on life. In Crossing, a father hoping to compensate for his failures finds himself facing his past while fording a river with his young son on his back; in Conception, a young couple frozen by the possible end of their marriage is offered an unexpected way back; in Half-Life, a proud, aging shut-in finds her resolve tested by an extraordinary visitor determined to shatter her solitude. Like its title, All That Is Left Is All That Matters consoles us with life's tender humor and unexpected moments of redemption in the face of heartbreak, tragedy, and dislocation.

Lost Lake Stories

Lost Lake Stories

Author: Mark Slouka Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/10/2017

Set in a tiny Czech community on the shores of Lost Lake, these stories chronicle three generations of men and women under the spell of a landscape with a powerful history. Mark Slouka explores both the quiet glory of the natural world and the mysterious motions of the human spirit. A New York Times Notable Book A California Book Award Silver Medalist for Fiction

God's Fool A Novel

God's Fool A Novel

Author: Mark Slouka Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/10/2017

Born attached at the chest, Chang and Eng were considered a marvel, an act of God. By any standard, theirs is a history of epic variety and drama. Mark Slouka recounts their tumultuous story, from the docks of Vietnam to American fame, with intimacy and compassion. A Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, and Dallas Morning News Best Book of the Year.

Nobody's Son A Memoir

Nobody's Son A Memoir

Author: Mark Slouka Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/10/2017

Born in Czechoslovakia, Mark Slouka's parents survived the Nazis only to have to escape the Communist purges after the war. Smuggled out of their own country, the newlyweds joined a tide of refugees moving from Innsbruck to Sydney to New York, dragging with them a history of blood and betrayal that their son would be born into. From World War I to the present, Slouka pieces together a remarkable story of refugees and war, displacement and denial-admitting into evidence memories, dreams, stories, the lies we inherit, and the lies we tell-in an attempt to reach his mother, the enigmatic figure at the center of the labyrinth. Her story, the revelation of her life-long burden and the forty-year love affair that might have saved her, shows the way out of the maze.

Nobody's Son A Memoir

Nobody's Son A Memoir

Author: Mark Slouka Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/10/2016

Born in Czechoslovakia, Mark Slouka's parents survived the Nazis only to have to escape the Communist purges after the war. Smuggled out of their own country, the newlyweds joined a tide of refugees moving from Innsbruck to Sydney to New York, dragging with them a history of blood and betrayal that their son would be born into. From World War I to the present, Slouka pieces together a remarkable story of refugees and war, displacement and denial-admitting into evidence memories, dreams, stories, the lies we inherit, and the lies we tell-in an attempt to reach his mother, the enigmatic figure at the center of the labyrinth. Her story, the revelation of her life-long burden and the forty-year love affair that might have saved her, shows the way out of the maze.

Brewster

Brewster

Author: Mark Slouka Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/03/2014

As an infant, Jon Mosher tragically lost his older brother to a freak accident - something that could have happened to any family. There's nothing he could have done to prevent it, but there it is anyway, that loss echoing in every room and painted on the faces of his parents - German Jews who'd escaped the war - as if to say: you weren't, and aren't, enough. Saddled with this absence, Jon's life has been defined by what's missing and what he lacks; that is, until in high school he befriends wisecracking Ray, a reckless boy with a volatile father. Against the backdrop of the Summer of Love and the encroaching Vietnam War, Jon dreams of ultimately leaving his grey, blue-collar town, but is set on an irrevocable course as the escalating violence of Ray's home life threatens to shatter their bright-eyed plans to escape. Torn between obligation and desire, Jon's faced with the impossible decision of whether to help, or run. In this magnificent, haunting novel, Slouka brilliantly captures the polarising forces of a working class, hardscrabble ethos and the hopeful vibrancy of the sixties and early seventies. With concise, wise prose, Slouka weaves together a tapestry of family, fate, friendship, and the impossibility of ever, really, leaving home.

Lost Lake

Lost Lake

Author: Mark Slouka Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/01/2012

Set on the shores of Lost Lake, in upstate New York, these twelve tales tell of three generations of the small Czech community who have made their homes there, beside the water's edge. Both land and lake feature large in their lives - shaping events, individuals, relationships: in the dead of night, a woman unhitches a boat and rows across the darkness to meet her lover; a young soldier sees hope for the future reflected in the water's rippled surface; a boy recalls a catch of fish and learns to question the past as later presented. Characters emerge and re-emerge, time moves on, yet through it all the lake remains central, significant, symbolic. Haunting, poetic and elegiac, Slouka's stories are about people who inhabit the margins of space and place, about home, history and humanity, about myth and memory.

God's Fool

God's Fool

Author: Mark Slouka Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/01/2012

The acclaimed first novel from the author of The Visible World Chang and Eng are twins. The cries that herald their entrance into the world are clear and piercing, but the loudest screams belong to the midwives. The two boys look perfect in every way - except for the skin joining them at the chest. For Chang and Eng are not only twins; they are also the first ever Siamese twins. Their journey through adulthood takes them from Asia to Europe and from there to America; they are granted audiences with kings, and paraded in salons and drawing rooms; later - starving and penniless - they trawl the doss-houses of London and, after a chance meeting with Phineas T. Barnum, join his travelling band of bearded ladies, albino beauties and German midgets. Eventually, they settle amid the plantations of North Carolina, where their hard-earned tranquillity is soon threatened by the looming spectre of the Civil War, its shadow signalling their final battle with fate.

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