Andrew Krivak and Thomas Moore are neighbors in Jaffrey. Both will be at the Toadstool Bookshop in Peterborough on Saturday Feb. 11 at 11 a.m. holding a conversation about Krivak’s new book “The Signal Flame” — the second stand-alone novel in a trilogy that began with the National Book Award finalist “The Sojourn.”
Krivak’s powerful first novel about brotherhood and survival, “The Sojourn,” tells the stirring story of Jozef Vinich as he joins the Kaiser’s army during World War I. Continuing the story of the war-torn Vinich family, “The Signal Flame” fast forwards to the death of the WWI veteran and focuses on the lives of the next two generations. Jozef’s daughter Hannah and her first son Bo live in a small town in rural Pennsylvania. They work and love and wait for news of Sam, Hannah’s prodigal younger son reported MIA in the Vietnam War. Krivak’s luminous prose hums with blood and passion, lifting the everyday into something extraordinary.
In the manner of Marilynne Robinson and Walker Percy, Krivak subtly layers his ideas about faith into this story of a Slovak Catholic family struggling to endure the hardships of normal life. A gorgeously written novel, “The Signal Flame” honors the cycles of earth and body — and confirms Krivak as a writer of extraordinary vision and power.
In a previous book, “The Long Retreat: In Search Of A Religious Life,” Krivak chronicled his eight years of Jesuit training in a spiritual quest. Thomas Moore is the bestselling author of “Care Of The Soul” and many others. He spent 12 years as a Catholic monk. Both have returned to the secular world in different ways.
Expect a fascinating wide-ranging conversation involving fiction, family, humanity, and spirituality. This event is free and all are welcome. For more information call the bookstore at 924-3543.