By Dave Boling
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, Paperback, 9781596916371, 372pp.
Publication Date: September 1, 2009
"Boling threads his way through the stories of his many characters with humor, compassion and rich details of Basque tradition Moving." "Washington Post Book World "
""In 1935, Miguel Navarro finds himself on the wrong side of the Spanish Nationalists, so he flees to Guernica, the most ancient town of the Basque region. In the midst of this idyllic, isolated bastion of democratic values, Miguel finds more than a new life he finds a love that not even war, tragedy or death can destroy.
The bombing of Guernica was a devastating experiment in total warfare by the German Luftwaffe in the run-up to World War II . For the Basques, it was an attack on the soul of their ancient nation. History and fiction merge seamlessly in this beautiful novel about the resilience of family, love, and tradition in the face of hardship.
“Boling has had the good sense to write under the influence of the Hemingway who gave us A Farewell to Arms and For Whom the Bell Tolls, and the result is a moving tale of courage and resilience.”—Kirkus Reviews“[A] reporter’s eye and a novelist’s heart and imagination. T he result is a wonderful and thought-provoking miniepic packed full of fascinating, little-known European history, rich characters and empathy.”—Oregonian “Debut novelist Dave Boling has written the kind of rich, compelling and utterly unforgettable novel all too rarely attempted and even more rarely realized. Boling’s remarkably researched book is a humane and thoughtful narrative of genuinely good people in impossible circumstances.”—PNBA Awards Committee