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The Signal Flame ➥ [Epub] ➟ The Signal Flame By Andrew Krivak ➯ – Thomashillier.co.uk The stunning second novel from National Book Award finalist Andrew Krivak a heartbreaking, captivating story about a family awaiting the return of their youngest son from the Vietnam WarIn a small tow The stunning second novel from National Book Award finalist Andrew Krivak a heartbreaking, captivating story about a family awaiting the return of their youngest son from the Vietnam WarIn a small town in Pennsylvania s Endless Mountains Hannah and her son Bo mourn the loss of the family patriarch, Jozef Vinich They were three generations under one roof Three generations, but only one branch The Signal ePUB ½ of a scraggy tree they are a war haunted family in a war torn century Having survived the trenches of World War I as an Austro Hungarian conscript, Vinich journeyed to America and built a life for his family His daughter married the Hungarian born Bexhet Konar, who enlisted to fight with the Americans in the Second World War but brought disgrace on the family when he was imprisoned for desertion He returned home to Pennsylvania a hollow man, only to be killed in a hunting accident on the family s land Finally, in , Hannah s prodigal younger son, Sam, was reported MIA in VietnamAnd so there is only Bo, a quiet man full of conviction, a proud work ethic, and a firstborn s sense of duty He is left to grieve but also to hope for reunion, to create a new life, to embrace the land and work its soil through the seasons The Signal Flame is a stirring novel about generations of men and women and the events that define them, brothers who take different paths, the old European values yielding to new world ways, and the convalescence of memory and warBeginning shortly after Easter inand ending on Christmas Eve this ambitious novel beautifully evokes ordinary time, a period of living and working while waiting and watching and expecting The Signal Flame is gorgeously written, honoring the cycles of earth and body, humming with blood and passion, and it confirms Andrew Krivak as a writer of extraordinary vision and power.


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  1. Larry H Larry H says:

    Well, looks like I ve read my first truly great novel of 2017 It took two books last year, it s taken seven this year, but clearly it was worth the wait Bleak yet hopeful, poignant, and powerful, The Signal Flame is beautifully written and draws you into its story fairly quickly.In early 1972 in Northeastern Pennsylvania s Endless Mountains, Jozef Vinich, the patriarch of a small family, is laid to rest The former owner of the town mill, Jozef was known not only for his rags to riches sto Well, looks like I ve read my first truly great novel of 2017 It took two books last year, it s taken seven this year, but clearly it was worth the wait Bleak yet hopeful, poignant, and powerful, The Signal Flame is beautifully written and draws you into its story fairly quickly.In early 1972 in Northeastern Pennsylvania s Endless Mountains, Jozef Vinich, the patriarch of a small family, is laid to rest The former owner of the town mill, Jozef was known not only for his rags to riches story, immigrating from the Austro Hungarian part of Europe after World War I to make a life for himself, and eventually his family, but he is also known for his strong work ethic, as well as his sense of humor He is mourned by many in the community, including his priest, who was also his best friend, but especially his daughter Hannah and his grandson Bo Konar, who bought the mill from Jozef a number of years ago.Jozef, Hannah, and Bo all lived together, as the life of the Konar family wasn t quite a happy one Hannah s husband, Bexhet Becks , emigrated from Hungary to fight with the Americans during World War II, but deserted and spent time in prison He never got over what he saw during the war, and when he returned home he was changed, until his sudden death in a hunting accident on the family land Apart from one semester away for college, Bo has spent his lifetime working the mill, but his younger brother Sam was always the one who wanted something different, so he enlisted in the military, and on his second tour of duty in Vietnam, went missing.As bleak as I ve made the book sound, and there are moments of tragedy and moments of loss, this is equally a book about finding hope where you ve believed there was none, of realizing that there is a time to let go of the grief and anger you feel, and of allowing yourself a chance at happiness This is a book about family, about the legacies of land and emotion and anger that we bequeath to our children, and about the simple joys of nature, the smell of lumber, the sounds of wildlife.In another author s hands this book could be maudlin, or the simplicity of its story could be boring But in Andrew Krivak s hands, this book is almost poetic, in its use of language and its evocative imagery, in the characters he has created Here s just one example of the beauty of his storytelling And when they were finished, they sat at the garden table in the twilight and watched the coals of the fire pulse red and an ashen silver without flame, sat like sated guests at their own feast, silent once again and not wondering what came next, for all that they had strived for in the course of the day lay in the past, and what anxiety each carried lay, at least for the moment, in the past as well. This is a special book which I can t get out of my mind I know that when I begin thinking of the best books I read in 2017, this will undoubtedly be one of them.NetGalley and Scribner provided me an advance copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased review Thanks for making this available See all of my reviews at or see my list of the best books I read in 2016 at


  2. Diane S ☔ Diane S ☔ says:

    As I finished this wonderful book I realized that it is this type of quiet novel that makes the biggest impression, leaving me with a surfeit of emotions I need to process There are no big flashy car chases, or hunts for a killer, just a family with all the hidden layers that this entails Heartaches, deaths, and there are plenty of both, but a great deal of love for each other and for the land A quiet appreciation of what they have been given Beautiful descriptions of their environment and m As I finished this wonderful book I realized that it is this type of quiet novel that makes the biggest impression, leaving me with a surfeit of emotions I need to process There are no big flashy car chases, or hunts for a killer, just a family with all the hidden layers that this entails Heartaches, deaths, and there are plenty of both, but a great deal of love for each other and for the land A quiet appreciation of what they have been given Beautiful descriptions of their environment and many details about what being an owner of a sawmill entails The story takes place in the seventies and the Vietnam War has wreaked havoc on this small family, leaving one neither dead nor alive Just small details of a family living their lives, but so brilliantly and poignantly written Bittersweet and melancholy, but always hope for a better time, a better day Wonderful characters that one can t help but take into their hearts Strong people that have weathered muchthan that which should have to ne weathered, an yet they stay strong, pull together and love each other, are their for each other If you love the novels of the late Ken Haruf, and Mary Lawson, I believe you will love this story and his first, The Sojourn which is also about this same family The ending leads to the third book that will make up this trilogy.ARC from publisher.Releases tomorrow, January 24th


  3. Jen Jen says:

    This was exquisite A beautiful, understated, quiet story About waitingabout life.This story continues with Josef s family his daughter and grandsons One who has gone missing in the Vietnam war and the other left waiting for news of his return There is much sadness and suffering but also a flame of hope.Krivak s writing is soothing and healing as he takes us on this journey of a mother and son who have experienced loss And a girl who becomes part of their family having suffered her own This was exquisite A beautiful, understated, quiet story About waitingabout life.This story continues with Josef s family his daughter and grandsons One who has gone missing in the Vietnam war and the other left waiting for news of his return There is much sadness and suffering but also a flame of hope.Krivak s writing is soothing and healing as he takes us on this journey of a mother and son who have experienced loss And a girl who becomes part of their family having suffered her own losses.An eloquently simple read that has left me feeling I m part of this story of these characters The descriptions eerily real as I felt apart of the dense forest with the leaves crackling beneath my own feet as I witnessed these lives I read The Sojourn just a couple of weeks ago in anticipation of this one and the next in this series It was well written but bleak.This was an easy 5 and a feeling of longing for the next Going on my favourites list


  4. Karen Karen says:

    Update so excited I went to this author s website, and contacted his publicity person, and this was the 2nd installment of a trilogy Now we will get to know what happens next Loved this book What a beautiful, quiet, and atmospheric novel set in Pennsylvania s Endless Mountains, beginning in 1972, of a family waiting for their lost family member who has gone missing from the Vietnam war I loved the relationships and the characters in this book I highly recommend Thank you to Netgalley Update so excited I went to this author s website, and contacted his publicity person, and this was the 2nd installment of a trilogy Now we will get to know what happens next Loved this book What a beautiful, quiet, and atmospheric novel set in Pennsylvania s Endless Mountains, beginning in 1972, of a family waiting for their lost family member who has gone missing from the Vietnam war I loved the relationships and the characters in this book I highly recommend Thank you to Netgalley, Simon Schuster, and author Andrew Krivak for the ARC


  5. Angela M Angela M says:

    When I read The Sojourn several years ago and first encountered Jozef Vinich, a young man, who leaves Colorado, returns to Austria Hungary, fought in WWI, and returned to America, I had no idea that I would be fortunate enough to meet him again This time knowing how his life turned out, how he became a hard working, diligent, man of honor, who builds a life and a place for his family When I started this book I was at once powerfully reminded of the beautiful writing in the first I ve said it When I read The Sojourn several years ago and first encountered Jozef Vinich, a young man, who leaves Colorado, returns to Austria Hungary, fought in WWI, and returned to America, I had no idea that I would be fortunate enough to meet him again This time knowing how his life turned out, how he became a hard working, diligent, man of honor, who builds a life and a place for his family When I started this book I was at once powerfully reminded of the beautiful writing in the first I ve said it many times these books with quiet , subtle storytelling are my kind of books and it is true here with language that demands your presence in the lives of these characters and defies you to be there in this place in Pennsylvania rather than anywhere else Simply beautiful Jozef is already dead by the time this novel begins but it is through his daughter Hannah and his grandson Bo that the reader comes to know about Jozef s life and his legacy It s Hannah s story, too, a story of grief and a grudge held, about how two other wars changed her life She loses her husband who is shot in the woods by a hunter, but in reality, she had already lost him when he returned from the war a broken man In 1972 when this story begins, it s the Vietnam war that changes her life as she endures the grueling waiting, waiting to hear something about her youngest son Sam who is missing in action It s Bo s story, too Hannah s eldest son shares the grueling wait with his mother for word on his brother Bo too has known grief with the loss of someone he loved In Bo, we see a lot of who Jozef was honorable men tied to their land, and their families because they knew that is where they belonged It s Ruth s story too Ruth is the young woman, daughter of the man who killed Hannah s husband and left behind by Sam She too will endure much loss and grief.This ultimately is a story of acceptance, love and forgiveness Highly recommended to anyone who loved The Sojourn Even if you haven t read it, I highly recommend this one anyway for the beautifully told story that it is If you haven t read the first book, you shouldn t shy away from this one, it can stand on it s own Andrew Krivak has become one of those writers who holds a place in my literary heart.I received an advanced copy of this from Scribner through Edelweiss


  6. Elyse Walters Elyse Walters says:

    The writing is tranquil.I was drawn into the story quickly, and was soon heartbroken for the character, Sam, who was MIA in Vietnam Hannah, described Sam her son , as a restless cat when he was little.always on the go He was very different from his older brother, Bo, who was happy reading or spending time in his grandfathers woodshop I thought about Bo a lot in this novel and the role he contributed in this family Bo never went to war He left for University falls in love with The writing is tranquil.I was drawn into the story quickly, and was soon heartbroken for the character, Sam, who was MIA in Vietnam Hannah, described Sam her son , as a restless cat when he was little.always on the go He was very different from his older brother, Bo, who was happy reading or spending time in his grandfathers woodshop I thought about Bo a lot in this novel and the role he contributed in this family Bo never went to war He left for University falls in love with a woman named Ann Dvorak but when she dies, before he gets his degree, he can t imagine going back to school without her He wants to be back home helping care for his mom and holding his own working on the land There is a powerful dialogue conversation between Bo and his grandfather about loss associated with a decision towards his future I was trying to work out the lesson in my own head for reasons Bo should go back to school or the reasons for staying with his family working on the land rather than complete his degree I found the dialogue enlightening shifting my own thinking back forth a couple of times until I had a larger realization STOP PROJECTING MY RIGHTEOUS VALUES and look FRESHLY His grandfather says, You are both lessened and left behind There s nothing to be done but the work that s been given, so the part of you that s lessened doesn t become lost as well There isto this conversation but the point is made Sam knows what s best for him Everyone in this family is experiencing loss which nobody is new to, but some loss is just unbearable Every day the Konar family is on edge wanting news good news about Sam They are each grieving in their own way they go about their daily chores Bo tries to be the peace maker between his mother and Sam s fianc who is pregnant, too There s a lot of tragedy to morn in this family Their situations feel so real and somehow we understand that they will get through their days the same ways we have when chronic grief becomes normal in our daily lives We survive because we must Bo became the owner of the mill by 1970 And even as the owner, he still worked every job from shoveling shavings into the kiln furnace in the months when they were shorthanded because no high school kid wanted the job Bo did the work that needed to be done period The imagery is rich and eloquent in the small mountain town in Darden, Pennsylvania from cutting wood in the lumber mill, slicing glass for a broken window, to the smell of the pine trees all around The prose is gorgeousand the juxtaposition of complex relationships further enriches this generational tapestry Thank You Scribner, Netgalley, and Andrew Krivak


  7. Cheri Cheri says:

    NOW AVAILABLE 4.5 StarsThis quiet and peaceful novel is lovely despite the harsh landscape, and sweet, despite the hatred born of a long standing feud over land Beauty and love shine through the characters, their actions In a way this was reminiscent of Kent Haruf s McPheron brothers love and caring for the young, pregnant, Victoria The quiet, giving way of someone who knows no other way to be.Set in a small town of Darden, Pennsylvania, as the spring of 1972 begins, Hannah and Bo are m NOW AVAILABLE 4.5 StarsThis quiet and peaceful novel is lovely despite the harsh landscape, and sweet, despite the hatred born of a long standing feud over land Beauty and love shine through the characters, their actions In a way this was reminiscent of Kent Haruf s McPheron brothers love and caring for the young, pregnant, Victoria The quiet, giving way of someone who knows no other way to be.Set in a small town of Darden, Pennsylvania, as the spring of 1972 begins, Hannah and Bo are mourning the passing of Hannah s father, the family patriarch, Jozef Vinich Hannah s two sons are by her deceased husband, Bexhet Konar, killed in a hunting accident years before Vinich left Europe after WWI for the Endless Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania, in the northeast corner of the state Rocky, rough countryside, and a harder life than most await those who call this place home Konar had left Europe after WWII A hardscrabble life for most here, but Bo Konar, Hannah s oldest son, has been lucky with his business He is the son that has his grandfather s work ethic, who is tireless in his vision for this land he s inherited Responsible.Hannah s other son, Bo s younger brother Sam is in Vietnam MIA And so, they wait Wait for word Something Anything.The story unfolds so slowly and evenly, I found myself reading this through the same rhythm and pace as Redford s narration of McLean s A River Runs Through It Slowly disclosing how the hardships of this life shape whom these men become, how their lives unfold little by little, day by day Mistake by mistake There s really nothing extraordinary about them, or their lives They live They grieve They cherish each other, each day, they hold tight to memories in the night They endure They wait Lovely, heartbreaking, with lives and stories that seem so very real Pub Date 24 Jan 2017 Many thanks for the ARC provided by Scribner, NetGalley and author Andrew Kriv k


  8. Esil Esil says:

    The Signal Flame was one of those quiet reads well written, slow paced,about characters, place and atmosphere than plot The story takes place on a farm in rural Pennsylvania in the 1970s It starts with the death of patriarch Jozef, leaving his middle aged daughter Hannah and adult grandson Bo on the farm Bo s brother Sam is missing in Vietnam This is a family with a history of tragedies, tragedies heavily affected by WWI, WWII and the Vietnam war, and by old family resentments The The Signal Flame was one of those quiet reads well written, slow paced,about characters, place and atmosphere than plot The story takes place on a farm in rural Pennsylvania in the 1970s It starts with the death of patriarch Jozef, leaving his middle aged daughter Hannah and adult grandson Bo on the farm Bo s brother Sam is missing in Vietnam This is a family with a history of tragedies, tragedies heavily affected by WWI, WWII and the Vietnam war, and by old family resentments The story takes place over a few months after Jozef s death, frequently delving into the family s past, and in the present focused on the aftermath of Jozef s death and the uncertainty left by Sam s disappearance Despite the tragedies and with one notable exception this is not a dramatic book It sof a contemplative book a story of strong decent people making a life out of difficult circumstances through their ties to nature, to each other and to their community It s a quietly moving book Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an opportunity to read an advance copy.A note to that GR friend who doesn t like books that don t use quotation marks you know who you are this is one of those books In fact, within the scope of a single paragraph the narrative drifts in and out of dialogue without quotation marks I thought it worked beautifully, but don t expect it will work for everyone


  9. Margitte Margitte says:

    My first thought, after closing this book, was about the serene, atmospheric, tone and setting How the author wrote a story without excessive drama and cruelty to commemorate a century of war and get the exact same message delivered as the violent, traumatic equivalents in the war genres There is an undercurrent of sadness flowing through the narrative, yet a movement of hope, like small insignificant waves, softly breaking over the main current There was enough tense moments, and heartbreaki My first thought, after closing this book, was about the serene, atmospheric, tone and setting How the author wrote a story without excessive drama and cruelty to commemorate a century of war and get the exact same message delivered as the violent, traumatic equivalents in the war genres There is an undercurrent of sadness flowing through the narrative, yet a movement of hope, like small insignificant waves, softly breaking over the main current There was enough tense moments, and heartbreaking scenes, to embed this tale in the history of humanity at its best and worse A strong Kent Haruf ambiance fills the tale of Jozef Vinich and the four generations of this family, who were victims of several wars and had to prosper despite of their experiences Jozef Vinich s passing concluded a long story of endurance and determination to find a place of safety for his family and descendants That place was the Endless Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania Hannah, his daughter, and her oldest son, Bo, mourn his passing, as well as the disappearance of her youngest son, Sam, who were declared MIA in Vietnam Bo inherited the mill and the business in the 1970s and as oldest son had to take care of his widowed mother and Sam s fianc.Hannah also endured the accidental killing of her husband Bexhet Konar, in a hunting accident years before And then she was confronted with Sam s choice of bride, Ruth Younger, the daughter of the man, Paul Younger, who shot Hannah s husband There were people who could not forgive or forget There were land deals that could not be forgotten, and then there was dignity and honor to uphold And then there was the longing and the waiting The story reminds me of the tranquil styles of Anne Tyler, Kent Haruf, Norman Maclean, and Richard Russo s The Signal Flame by Andrew Kriv k takes the reader on a down to earth, slow pace through the emotional warfare of a family, living in a picturesque landscape, where the reader is as much at home in the wild calmness of forests and streams as the inhabitants of the beautiful land.I really enjoyed this novel Due to other obligations I was unable to do it in one sitting, but that made it a muchpleasant and heartfelt read I haven t read the first novel, which was based on the life of Jozef Vinich, surviving WWI in Europe I can only assume that a trilogy might be in store, with this novel introducing the aftermath of Jozef Vinich s settlement in America and the family and fortune he was able to built.I can recommend this book to anyone who enjoy this existential realism of honest, gentle characters in all their daily mediocrity, but with a heartfelt story to tell, like everyone else It is suitable for the reader who enjoys reality, without the bling and superficial pretentiousness of so many others It is a story about real people, and I loved every moment I want to thank Netgalley, Scribner, and Andrew Kriv k for the opportunity to review this book The 272 pages were just perfect


  10. Debra Debra says:

    4.5 stars I usually know what I want to say when I being a review This book is harder for me to say something about I find myself sitting in quiet contemplation while thinking about what to write and it occurs to me that this is how I see this book a quiet contemplation on one family s life, their suffering, their loss, and their ability to rebuild.This beautifully written book begins when the family patriarch, Jozef Vinich has died His daughter, Hannah and his grandson, Bo Konar are sittin 4.5 stars I usually know what I want to say when I being a review This book is harder for me to say something about I find myself sitting in quiet contemplation while thinking about what to write and it occurs to me that this is how I see this book a quiet contemplation on one family s life, their suffering, their loss, and their ability to rebuild.This beautifully written book begins when the family patriarch, Jozef Vinich has died His daughter, Hannah and his grandson, Bo Konar are sitting with the body Their family has known loss Jozef Vinich, a World War I Veteran who returned to America in search of a better life for himself He is know for his work ethic, his humor and his commitment to his family He is mourned by his mil workers, the community, his close friend and his priest , and his family Jozef s daughter Hannah married Bexhet Konar who emigrated from Hungary and fought with the Americans in World War II The killing and war were too much for him and he became a deserter and spend several years in prison for his crime of desertion When he returns home to The Endless Mountains in Pennsylvania, he is a changed man He is quiet and takes long walks in the woods One day he is tragically killed while walking in the woods by a hunter Hannah Konar raises their two sons Sam and Bo with the assistance of her Father Jozef Both boys are different Sam cannot wait to experience life He begins a relationship with the daughter of the man who accidentally shot his father That does not go over well Then he serves in Vietnam and then re enlists to go back to Vietnam where he is declared missing in action Bo Konar decided to go to college where he fell in love but dropped out after his girlfriend was killed in an accident He returns home to help his mother with the farm and purchases the Mil from his grandfather Seriously at this point, I was thinking whatcan one family take Seriously there is so much loss and grief But this family lives in a time of war and loss is inevitable They do find a way to go on Theirs is a quiet strength They find a way to keep moving and keep living This is not the end of their loses however, there isto come I wont give anyof the plot away. so read this book for yourself I will say that I am from Pennsylvania My hometown was actually mentioned in this book as were several other towns that I know so well To say that it was EASY to visualize the forest, the mountains and the terrain was an understatement I saw their farm as I saw my family s farm I saw the clouds and fog rising off the mountains I have walked those woods maybe not the woods in the book but I had such a feeling of familiarity while reading this It was surreal.I love how the story unfolded Is this a book about loss YES But it is also a book about family, about what makes you a family, about love, about acceptance, about strength, about community, about grief, about love, about loss, about hope and about happiness Life does go on as they say and this family finds a way to go on, to allow themselves to experience happiness in spite of the grief.After reading this book, I learned that this is the second in the series of 3 books I will definitely be reading the first book, Soujourn which is about Jozef Vinich.This book is not a page turner, there is not big REVEAL, no HUGE plot twist at the end What the reader has is a beautifully written book about family, about community, and day to day life When I finished the book, I just sat with it in quiet contemplation I believe great books do that they leave the reader pondering and thinking I look forward to reading the next book I highly recommend The Signal Flame.I received a copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Seeof my reviews at www.openbookpost.com


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