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Mark Slouka


Mark Slouka

Mark Slouka is the author of four previous works of fiction, including LOST LAKE, a New York Times Notable Book, and THE VISIBLE WORLD, a finalist for the British Book Award. His 2011 essay collection, "Essays from the Nick of Time," was the winner of the PEN/Diamonstein-Speilvogel Award. A contributing editor at Harper’s, Slouka’s work has also appeared in Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays, and the PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories. He lives in Brewster, New York.

Mark Slouka

Books by Mark Slouka

by Mark Slouka - Biography, Memoir

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, New York, dragging with them a history of blood and betrayal that their son would be born into. In an attempt to reach his mother, and her story, Slouka pieces together a remarkable story of refugees and war, displacement and denial revealing her lifelong burden and 40-year love affair.

by Mark Slouka - Fiction, Historical Fiction

Racked by guilt over his older brother’s childhood death, 16-year-old Jon Mosher turns his rage into victories running track. Meanwhile, Ray Cappicciano is trying to take care of his baby brother while staying out of the way of his abusive father. Jon and Ray form a tight friendship, but it’s not until Ray falls in love with Karen Dorsey that the three friends begin to dream of breaking away from Brewster for good. Freedom, however, has its price.