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Mark Slouka is a Contributing Editor at Harper's, and the author ofThe Woodcarver's Tale and God's Fool.
Reviewed on Richard & Judy on Wednesday 20 February 2008.This is a gripping novel split distinctly in to three parts. The first tells of the narratorâ€™s childhood growing up in the US, the son of Czech immigrants, trying to balance life as an American while trying to understand his Czech heritage. The second part finds the narrator moving to Prague to find out more about his parents and what happened in their past, with the third part being told as â€œfictionâ€ as the narrator forms his ideas of what happened in his parents past. Sensitively written and a joy to read.