Vodnik

By Bryce Moore
(Tu Books, Hardcover, 9781600608520, 359pp.)

Publication Date: March 2012

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Description
When Tomas was six, someone something tried to drown him. And burn him to a crisp. Tomas survived, but whatever was trying to kill him freaked out his parents enough to convince them to move from Slovakia to the United States. Now sixteen-year-old Tomas and his family are back in Slovakia, and that something still lurks somewhere. Nearby. Ready to drown him again and imprison his soul in a teacup. Then there's the fire vila, the water ghost, the pitchfork-happy city folk, and Death herself who are all after him. All this sounds a bit comical, unless the one haunted by water ghosts and fire vilas or doing time in a cramped, internet-deprived teacup is you. If Tomas wants to survive, he'll have to embrace the meaning behind the Slovak proverb, So smr ou e te nik zmluvu neurobil. With Death, nobody makes a pact.



About the Author
Bryce Moore works as a librarian in western Maine. His wife is Slovak, and they are raising their children to be bilingual in English and Slovak. Moore has lived in Tren in, Slovakia, where his brother-in-law, much like Uncle ubo in Vodnik, works at Tren in Castle. Moore studied creative writing at Brigham Young University. This is his first novel.
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