Although set an ocean apart, two of the year’s most acclaimed releases— The Free World , the debut novel by David Bezmozgis, and Copernicus Avenue , a collection of short fiction by Andrew J. Borkowski —share much in common. Each book focuses on a community that has been alienated or exiled in its attempts to build a better life. In The Free World , Bezmozgis introduces us to the Krasnanskys, a family of Latvian Jews who have fled their country for Italy, where they spend a year awaiting passage to America. In the linked stories of Copernicus Avenue , Borkowski explores a community of Polish immigrants who have made Toronto their new home.
David Bezmozgis was recently named one of The New Yorker’s best 20 writers under the age of 40. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Walrus, and Harper’s. His first book, Natasha and Other Stories , was published in 2004.
Andrew J. Borkowski is a writer, journalist and musician who grew up in Toronto’s Roncesvalles neighbourhood, known as Little Poland. Copernicus Avenue is his first book.