This novel tells the story of the devastating impact of the Nazi occupation of Prague on a young family. Willy Kohut, married to beautiful Sophie and father to two year old Pavel, sells luxury British suit fabrics. After his arrest and release by the Gestapo, they abandon their home, risking a journey through Nazi Germany to find freedom in the west. Their route is uncertain and erratic, marked by violence, despair, courage and quirks of fate.
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About the Author
As a young man, I trained at Guy's Hospital, London, specializing in joint and back problems. But when I found that people's lives were more interesting than inflammation I turned to family doctoring in the English countryside and began writing about dramatic or amusing incidents in my practice. Some of my short stories were published. The years passed and I moved with my family to the University of North Carolina.
As my family elders and parents passed on, I inherited their photographs and documents and began to piece together the family's Slovak history. They had been the enthusiastic citizens of a dynamic democratic country, Czechoslovakia, until it was swallowed by Germany during the great and tragic dislocation of WWII. What they went through moved me to write an adventure story close to my heart.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I met Peter Curtis at a book signing late last year and was instantly drawn into his story. Stories have a way of imitating the truth and what you read in this author’s book will stand out perhaps even more considering the backdrop of the current political climate. We are all aware of the ethnic atrocities that reared their ugly head during World War II but knowing them from afar is quite different from attaching names to the victims; names make it more personal. Three of the author’s characters, Willy, Sophie, and Pavel will grab your attention right from the start and you will become their greatest cheerleaders as you turn page, after page, after page of The Dragontail Buttonhole. It has been quite some time since I read a book that was a real page-turner; The Dragontail Buttonhole changed that status for me. I look forward to Mr. Curtis’s next published book – I just hope I don’t have to wait too long.