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Product Details

  • Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Deux Voiliers Publishing; First edition (May 6 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1928049036
  • ISBN-13: 978-1928049036
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #715,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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Although set in a dystopian future, Sokol's writing makes the reader empathize with each struggle and challenge her characters face - not to mention there's a fair bit of action that will keep you wanting to read more. A great read that makes you think about your own position in society and what you would do if you were faced with similar challenges to those in Cycling to Asylum.
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Format: Kindle Edition
This book is a speculative future fiction revolving around the life of one family. Speaking from each of the four main characters point of view, it forms the world around them where there is an unbalance of power over the people has caused a constant fear within society.
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.
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I have just spent a few months finishing up reading Cycling to Asylum by Su J. Sokol, and today I finally finished it. I have to say, the title seemed to provoke more interest and intrigue than the content provided. I enjoyed the character of Laek, a free-thinking teacher from New York in what could conceivably be called a near-future dystopian period, but I absolutely disliked his wife and his two children, basically because Sokol stops at crucial junctions in the story to do a chapter on every single person in the family and their point of view on the same event, which could have been consolidated instead of making the reader read laboriously through the same event four times. If each character was to have his or her own chapter, I would have preferred for that chapter to carry the story a little further, but in this book that just simply didn't happen. The parents moved much of the story along, the sister a little bit, and the youngest child's chapters were all completely unnecessary.

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.
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Format: Kindle Edition
A remarkable debut. The first half, with its taut scenes of NYC in the dark near-future, features real tension.
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I read this story with considerable delight. The author, Su Sokol, has a real knack for developing characters who are both endearing and multi-dimensional. The plot is both engaging and thought-provoking.
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