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Tadek Gradinski grows up witnessing the multiple invasions and crimes of World War II sweep over his village. After the war, at fourteen, he begins to run messages and guns for the anti-Stalin diehards still hiding in the woods. At seventeen he’s leading a double life, falling in love with a village girl, and dreaming about marriage and a job, while spying on NKVD agents at night. But someone betrays the partisans: their camp is destroyed; Tadek is arrested, tortured, and swept away into the Gulag with a twenty-five year sentence.
New Issues Poetry and Prose, 9781936970391, 590pp.
Publication Date: January 26, 2016
About the Author
CHARLES M. BOYER grew up in Illinois and Wisconsin and went to Beloit College, but has lived in New England for thirty years. He has an MA in fiction from the University of New Hampshire, and teaches English and Humanities at Montserrat College of Art. He has received a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board and a Fellowship from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, and has published poems and stories with The Atlanta Review, Abraxas, Livingston Press, Literal Latte, and other venues. He lives in Wellesley, Massachusetts, with his family.
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