The Invention of Exile: A Novel

The Invention of Exile: A Novel

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Austin Voronkov is many things. He is an engineer, an inventor, an immigrant from Russia to Bridgeport, Connecticut, in 1913, where he gets a job at a rifle factory. At the house where he rents a room, he falls in love with a woman named Julia, who becomes his wife and the mother of his three children. When Austin is wrongly accused of attending anarchist gatherings his limited grasp of English condemns him to his fate as a deportee, retreating with his new bride… (more)

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Bookslut : The Invention of Exile (September 02, 2014)

The life of Austin Voronkov, a fictionalized character, is both incredibly heart wrenching and incredibly inspiring. Manko gives her readers a gift by writing with grace, allowing them to focus on Austin's plight and to feel his longing.

“The Invention of Exile” never really inhabits its historical setting as anything more than a costume.

A top-notch debut, at once sober and lively and provocative.

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Book Details  


Publisher: The Penguin Press (August 14, 2014)

Format: EPUB

Page count: 304 pages

File size: 954 KB

Protection: DRM

Language: English


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