In a near-future New York subject to an increasingly authoritarian and hostile government, Laek, a non-conformist history teacher, finds that he can no longer hide his radical past. After a brutal confrontation with the NYPD, he flees the United States with Janie, an activist lawyer, and their two kids, Siri and Simon. They cross the border by bicycle into Québec by posing as eco-tourists. In a Montréal that the future has also transformed, the family faces new challenges: convincing the authorities to grant them refugee status and integrating into Québec society. Will they find safety in their new home? Told from the points of view of the four family members, Cycling to Asylum is a unique work of interstitial fiction from Su J. Sokol, an exciting new Montreal author.
|Publisher:||Deux Voiliers Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.76(d)|
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Sokol's novel is set in a dystopian future in both New York and Montreal. The author's mastery of language allows readers to empathize with each of her characters while still leaving room for readers to question motives and truths. Makes you think about your position in society and what you would do if you were facing the same struggles and challenges Sokol presents in Cycling to Asylum. Plenty of action and intrigue to make you want to keep reading. Great first novel.