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Coffeetown Announces the October Release of Better You Go Home: A Life Altering Visit to the Czech Republic
Seattle, WA. On October 1, 2013, Coffeetown Press will release Better You Go Home ($13.95, 236 pp, 6x9 Trade Paperback ISBN: 978-1-60381-170-5), a work of literary fiction by debut novelist Scott Driscoll. While visiting the Czech Republic in search of his half sister, a critically ill American man unearths long-buried family secrets.
Moving, powerful, and compulsively readable, Better You Go Home is the unforgettable story of a man's journey to save his own life, and how he discovers himself along the way.
Garth Stein, New York Times bestselling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain
At once an immigrant story, a medical thriller, and a tale of love. Driscoll keep all the skeins taut in his hand.
Kathryn Trueblood, author of The Baby Lottery and winner of the Goldenberg Prize for Fiction
Terse with poetry, broad in history (and heart), and with all the suspense of an Eastern Block espionage thriller. Driscoll delivers.
Layne Maheu, author of Song of the Crow
Seattle attorney Chico Lenoch wonders why his Czech father refuses to contact family left behind the Iron Curtain. Searching through his fathers attic after the Velvet Revolution, Chico discovers letters dated four decades earlier revealing the existence of a half-sister. He travels to the Czech Republic to find his forgotten sister and unearth the secrets his father has buried all these years.
There is self-interest behind Chicos quest. Most urgently, he is nearing kidney failure and needs a donor organ. None of his relatives are a suitable match. Could his sister be a candidate? Chico also meets Milada, a beautiful doctor who helps him navigate the obstacles to finding his sister. While Chico idealizes his fathers homeland, Milada feels trapped. Is she really attracted to him, or is he a means of escape to the United States?
Chico confronts a moral dilemma as well. If he approaches his sister about his need for a kidney, does he become complicit with his father and the Big Shots of that generation whove already robbed her of so much?
Says Driscoll, A parish priest in Iowa, a Czech relative whod grown up on the dark side of the Iron Curtain, solemnly shook my hand upon returning the letters Id asked him to translate, and said: You have what you came for. Please do not trouble me again with this. There had been a suicide, a child who could not be traced, a sudden departure. This visit to the priest happened in 1994, not long after the Velvet Revolution. I went to Prague that fall, found my familys village in eastern Bohemia. Relatives occupying the family farmhouse remembered the former residents. They had some stories, some questions of their own. Walking through that village, I began to speculate. What became of the unidentified child? What if my life had deployed on her side of the Iron Curtain? Once that question lodged in my psyche, like a small wound that wouldnt heal, I knew that I had to write this story.
Scott Driscoll, an award-winning instructor (the University of Washington, Educational Outreach award for Excellence in Teaching in the Arts and Humanities 2006), holds an MFA from the University of Washington and has been teaching creative writing for the University of Washington Extension for seventeen years. You can find Driscoll on the Web at www.scott-driscoll.com.
Better You Go Home is currently available for pre-order on Amazon.com. After October 1st, it will also be for sale in eBook and 5x8 trade paperback editions on BN.com, the European Amazons, and Amazon Japan. Wholesale orders can be placed through email@example.com, Partners West, Ingram, or Baker & Taylor. Libraries can also purchase books through Follett Library Resources or Midwest Library Service.
ABOUT Coffeetown Press Based in Seattle, Washington, Coffeetown Press has been publishing the finest fiction and nonfiction since 2005.
Cesky Stul (Czech Table)
Every other Tuesday, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Cesky Stul is an established, on-going Czech conversation group that follows the University of Washington schedule. They meet every Tuesday during the Autumn, Winter and Spring quarters. If there's a Czech class during Summer, they will be meeting then, too. All Czech speakers are invited to visit the Czech table whenever U Czech classes are in session.
Cesky Stul meets at the Continental Restaurant, 4549 University Way NE, Seattle.
For more information, call 206-632-4700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Exchange Student Opportunities
Northwest Student Exchange
NorthWest Student Exchange seeks great families to host high school exchange
students from Europe, Asia and Latin America during the 2005-06 school year.
Host families can host our exchange students on a volunteer basis for an
entire semester or school year, or can host for six to eight weeks as a
The majority of our students have studied English for six or more years.
Aside from their academic goals, we encourage exchange students to pursue
their hobbies and engage in the host family's own activities such as school
dances, football, baseball and basketball games, a county fair, and parades
as well as school-sponsored activities including music, sports, drama, and
Host families with a high school age child already at home get an
international sibling and friend for their own kids. Host families without
children get a child of their own without the 16+ years of "investment".
With younger kids at home you get an older international brother or sister.
If you are (or know) a warm, hospitable and understanding family who enjoys
meeting new people, sharing perspectives and making life-long friends from
other countries, we would love to get to know you soon and introduce you to
your exchange student!
Hosting is one of the most rewarding experiences your family will ever have
and offers your family an international experience without leaving home! For
more information about hosting an NWSE high school exchange student, please
contact Jenny or Teri at the NWSE office at 206 527 0917 immediately. Our
email is email@example.com. Much more information and online registration is available on our website: http://www.nwse.com/families.htm. We look forward
to hearing from you soon!
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