The Amnesty International Book Club is thrilled to welcome guest reader Terry Fallis and his selection for our May 2016 featured novel: The Afterlife of Stars by Joseph Kertes.
In the waning months of 1956, while Russian tanks roll into the public squares of Budapest to crush the Hungarian Revolution, brothers Robert and Attila Beck flee with their family to Paris. As they travel through minefields both real and imagined, Robert and Attila grapple with sibling rivalry, family secrets and incalculable loss to arrive at a place they thought they’d lost forever: home.
Reading this novel, you cannot help but gain a deep sense of both struggle and wonder through Kertes’ storytelling. As a young boy, Joseph Kertes himself was amongst those who escaped Hungary in 1956, and this can be felt in the writing.