In Soviet Prague, Tomas Novak was a hero, risking his life for revolution. In New England, where he scrapes by on adjunct teaching posts at small liberal arts colleges, he is a man defined by fear. Desperate to remain relevant in a world no longer threatened by communism, he spends two decades fending off the distracting needs of his wife and daughter, only to find that the final threat to his legacy may come from their alienation. His daughter has sold her first play, and all Tomas knows is that it is about him. Certain that her "version of events will become the official one" he begins a campaign, at once chilling and heartbreaking, to get her to offer up her secrets, as his enemies once tried to get at his.
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"A writer of seismic talent. Not since Robert Stone has a writer so examined the nature of disillusionment and the ways in which newfound hope can crack the cement of failed dreams.” - Adam Johnson Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for The Orphan Master’s Son