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Andrew Krivak

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Inkluderar namnen: Andrew Krivak, Andrew J. Krivak

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Verk av Andrew Krivak

The Sojourn (2011) 380 exemplar
The Bear (2020) 347 exemplar
The Signal Flame (2017) 102 exemplar
Like the Appearance of Horses (2023) 43 exemplar
Islands (1999) 3 exemplar


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Somerville, Massachusetts, USA
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Andrew Krivak is the author of The Sojourn, a novel set during WWI; A Long Retreat: In Search of a Religious Life, a memoir about his eight years in the Jesuit Order; and the editor of The Letters of William Carlos Williams to Edgar Irving Williams, 1902-1912. The grandson of Slovak immigrants, he grew up in Pennsylvania, has lived in London, and now lives with his wife and three children in Massachusetts where he teaches in the Honors Program at Boston College.

Andrew Krivák is an American novelist. His debut novel, The Sojourn (2011) was nominated for the National Book Award for Fiction, won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and was well received critically. He also wrote a memoir about his time in the Jesuit order, A Long Retreat: In Search of a Religious Life (2008). He is a graduate of St. John's College in Annapolis, as well as the writing program at Columbia University. He also holds a Ph.D. from Rutgers University.

Andrew Krivak is the author of three novels: The Bear (forthcoming from Bellevue Literary Press in February 2020); The Signal Flame, a Chautauqua Prize finalist; and The Sojourn, a National Book Award finalist and winner of both the Chautauqua Prize and Dayton Literary Peace Prize for fiction. He is also the author of A Long Retreat: In Search of a Religious Life; Islands, a short book of poems published early in his writing career; and The Letters of William Carlos Williams to Edgar Irving Williams, 1902-1912, which received the Louis L. Martz Prize for scholarship. Krivak lives with his wife and three children in Somerville, Massachusetts, and Jaffrey, New Hampshire. Please visit his website at



A quiet, understated book about the connection of neighboring families to the land and to each other. There is is subtlety to this book that is connecting with most readers; however, I must not have been in the right frame of mind at the time as read it (normally these are the types of books I adore). Instead of relishing the gorgeous prose I did find myself wishing the author would "get on with it". It could have been the lack of quotation marks, which I found to be a distraction, rather than an enhancement to the story.

3.5 stars rounded up to 4.

Thank you to Scribner and NetGalley for a galley of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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jj24 | 9 andra recensioner | May 27, 2024 |
From the beginning, Andrew Krivak's The Bear held my attention. The story drew me in. I wanted to know what was happening. The details, though, pushed me away. They did push me away, but without making me want to abandon the story. So my solution was to skim past description, even though much of it was clear and even lush, and to skip on to follow the action. So I read to find who the characters were and what they were up to, skipping back now and again for context. This gave me a very satisfactory read of what became an enjoyable book about the last two humans in the world, and about a bear.… (mer)
mykl-s | 43 andra recensioner | May 24, 2024 |
The Bear by Andrew Krivak is a beautifully written fable about the last humans on Earth. A father and daughter who live close to the land and to nature. When the girl is eleven, they travel to the ocean to gather salt. Unfortunately, tragedy strikes, leaving only one human to travel on. It is here that the tale swings into fantasy as a bear now arrives and is willing to keep the last human safe and accompany them home.

This unusual tale, set far in the future is a story of survival as the last human must survive a long winter alone in the wilderness. The bear guides them to a cave but he must hibernate and so the human must cope on their own. In many ways this tale resembles the legends of indigenous people as it closely interacts with nature and animals and has the feel of a story that has been handed down through the generations. We never learn the names of the characters, where they are located or even how they came to be the last humans. Instead this is a simple tale of survival and the processing of grief accompanied by lush descriptions of nature.

While I loved this book, I can see that it would not appeal to all as it is emotionally moving but melancholy. I found I became wrapped up in the deceptively simple story, and very invested in the character so I wanted to find out how it was going to play out. The Bear is a dystopian folktale that I won’t soon forget.
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DeltaQueen50 | 43 andra recensioner | May 8, 2024 |
If I had realized that Like the Appearance of Horses was the third book of a trilogy, I likely would not have asked ER for it. I'm happy for my ignorance because I would have missed beautiful, beautiful writing. On the other hand, this is the saddest - or maybe I mean most elegiac - book I've read in years. I took a year to read its 286 pages because I was too emotionally wrung out to read it straight through.
Krivak chronicles four generations of the young men of the Vinich/Konar family who went for soldiers from WWI through duty in Afghanistan. We see what they saw and watch them decide what duty compelled them to do. They returned home damaged. Their love for family and their place led them to heal more or less. To send our sons to fight is a horrible, horrible thing.
For Jozef, Becks, and Sam what redemption comes, comes from love. Redemption for the reader comes in images like the young widow rocking her nursing infant and wondering whether he can taste her bitterness in her milk or in phrases like, "...cottonwoods so old they looked like their limbs ached." Hannah of the second generation has the final word, "Yes, he fought in a war and she doesn't know why. She only knows that he did things he would not speak of, and it took time for him to forgive himself, just as his father had, and her father had. Just as she had."
I will find the first two books of the trilogy, The Sojourn and The Signal Flame, but not now. Not now.
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LizzieD | 14 andra recensioner | Apr 24, 2024 |



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