Cycling to Asylum Paperback – May 6 2014
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"Sokol excels at narrating real-life relationships, capturing natural nuance, letting her characters live life in the small, hungry ways that we all do." New Perspectives on Canadian Literature "Written with honesty, aching precision and tons of heart." Stereo Embers Magazine "Told in four voices ... this story is layered rather than simply linear." The Ottawa Review of Books "You will find yourself turning pages faster than your imagination can keep up." Hot Indie News --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Su J. Sokol is a Montreal activist, a cyclist, and a writer of speculative and interstitial fiction. Originally from Brooklyn, Sokol studied law and philosophy before becoming a community lawyer specializing in housing. She immigrated to Canada in 2004 and now lives in Montréal with her family. Sokol works for a community organization as a social rights advocate. Her short stories have been published in Spark: A Creative Anthology and The Future Fire. Cycling to Asylum is her first novel.
Top Customer Reviews
In the hope of something better, the family follows example of a family favorite story and uses bicycles to enter a new country and hopefully a better life.
The author has given a quick, yet deep emotional roller-coaster to the lives of Leak, Janie, Siri and Simon. Each member has different obstacles to overcome and rely on each other to be able to do so.
As a first novel from the author, it was well planned out if a little dry at times for the read.
That said, I do enjoy a certain sense of national pride when I read this book - that Canada is where people go to find hope and a new life (this publishing house publishes several Canadian-based works, so I expected nothing less from them). They leave New York to get away from violence and terrorist groups to find a new life and hope in Montreal. I enjoyed Sokol's accurate use of the intermix of English and French that characterizes much Canadian speech, especially in Quebec, and I thought the mood of a Canadian city in winter was captured best of all. Also, I enjoyed the sexual/relational freedom Laek and his wife Janie enjoy in their marriage, as their relationship with Philip seems to represent a bridge between the bad parts of the U.S.Read more ›