CLSC Author Presentation:
Hall of Philosophy
The stunning second novel from National Book Award finalist Andrew Krivák is a heartbreaking, captivating story about a family awaiting the return of their youngest son from the Vietnam War.
In a small town in Pennsylvania’s Endless Mountains Hannah and her son Bo mourn the loss of the family patriarch, Jozef Vinich. They were three generations under one roof. Three generations, but only one branch of a scraggy tree; they are a war-haunted family in a war-torn century, from World War I through the Vietnam War, where Hannah’s prodigal younger son, Sam, has been reported missing in action. Bo is left to grieve but also to hope for reunion, to create a new life, to embrace the land and work its soil through the seasons. The Signal Flame is a stirring novel about generations of men and women and the events that define them, brothers who take different paths, the old European values yielding to new world ways, and the convalescence of memory and war.
Andrew Krivák’s first novel, The Sojourn, was a finalist for the National Book Award, and received the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for fiction and the inaugural Chautauqua Prize in 2012. He is also the author of a memoir about his time in the Jesuit order, A Long Retreat: In Search of a Religious Life, and editor of The Letters of William Carlos Williams to Edgar Irving Williams, 1902-1912.