House of Anansi Press

Far to Go

Written by Alison Pick

Published August 28, 2010 | ISBN 9780887842771
FICTION / Literary

Cover of Far to Go

Regular price $16.95 CAD

280 pages
Digital Format

About this book

Far to Go

Alison Pick

Winner of the Helen and Stan Vine Jewish Book Award and finalist for the Man Booker Prize

In Far to Go, one of our most accomplished young writers takes us inside the world of an affluent Jewish family in Prague during the lead-up to Hitler's invasion of Czechoslovakia.

In 1939, Pavel and Anneliese Bauer are secular Jews whose lives are turned upside down by the arrival of Hitler. They are unable to leave the country in time to avoid deportation, but they do manage to get their six-year-old son Pepik a place on a Kindertransport. Meanwhile, a fascinating and compelling present-day strand in the story slowly reveals the unexpected fates of each of the Bauers. Through a series of surprising twists, Pick leads us to ask: What does it mean to cling to identity in the face of persecution? And what are the consequences if you attempt to change your identity?

Inspired by the harrowing five-year journey Alison Pick's own grandparents embarked upon from their native Czechoslovakia to Canada during the Second World War, Far to Go is an epic historical novel that traces one family's journey through these tumultuous and traumatic events. A layered, beautifully written, moving, and suspenseful story by one of our rising literary stars.

About the Author

Alison Pick

Alison Pick is an award-winning novelist and poet. She lives in Toronto, Ontario. Visit Alison Pick's website: Follow Alison Pick on Twitter:

Awards and Praise
...Alison Pick has crafted a powerful story...Far To Go demonstrates the devastation of war - and the effects it has on the children who grow up through it - without going anywhere near a battlefield.
  • Long-listed ReLit Awards: Novel, 2011
  • Winner Words Worthy Award, 2010
  • Short-listed CBC Bookies: Best Overall Book, 2011
  • Long-listed Man Booker Prize for Fiction, 2011
  • Winner Helen and Stan Vine Jewish Book Award, 2011
  • Short-listed OLA Evergreen Award, 2011