Andrew Chornavka took on the Trappist's cowl and disappeared from the 21st century in order to forget the century before.Yet even at the secluded monastery in America the past finds him. A delegation from the Vatican arrives with questions about his youngest sister, Zoya, who is, to Andrew's shock, a candidate for sainthood. Reluctant, hostile, wanting only to be left alone to his dairy herd and gardens and prayers, Andrew eventually begins to talk.The talk takes him where he does not wish to go, makes alive again what he had hoped was dead and buried, and makes real what had long ago been lost. He knows what he has to tell is no more than a story about a family that tried to stay together, and keep love strong, when everything on earth tried to rip that love apart. Yet he also knows the archbishop wants a story about an angel who walked with God.But Andrew did not experience a world of angels and miracles and fairy tales. And neither did his sister Zo.Or did she?
About the Author
Murray Pura was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, just north of the Dakotas and Minnesota. His first novel was released in Toronto in 1988 and was a finalist for the Dartmouth Book Award. Since that time, he has published more than a dozen novels, two collections of short stories, and several nonfiction titles including the Zondervan books Rooted and Streams and the Baker devotional Majestic & Wild. He has been a finalist for several awards in the US and Canada, including the $25,000 Kobzar Literary Award for the novel Zo, and in 2012 won the Word Award of Toronto for Best Historical Novel for The White Birds of Morning. Murray lives and writes in southwestern New Mexico and is currently published by Barbour, Baker, Harper One, Harper Collins and Harvest House as well as several other firms - he works with publishers in Canada, America, the UK, and Holland. His releases include the bestsellers: Ashton Park, The Wings of Morning, The Face of Heaven, The Rose of Lancaster County, A Road Called Love, The Painted Sky, An Amish Family Christmas and London Dawn. His diverse writing spans many genres including historical fiction, contemporary fiction, literary fiction, romance, adventure, western, suspense, fantasy, Amish, and inspirational. Most of his work is available in ebook, as well as in paperback.
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Zo based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Reviewed by Erin Nicole Cochran for Readers' Favorite Murray Pura’s Zo is captivating in its poetic-like narration. Every word on every page has a reason and a place. It is part of a series, and continues to have the same impactful, resonating quality that Murray Pura’s work is known for. In Zo we find ourselves as readers placed in a situation that greatly touches upon religious factors, but in a way, that has not been seen before. There is a toughness to it and also a softness that intermingles within it to give it a 3-D world experience. From beginning to end I was completely captivated with Murray Pura’s book, Zo. I don’t want to give any of it away, because that’s like telling you what’s in your gift box right as you’re starting to tear open the paper. I can say that it takes you on a journey into the past that will make you yearn for your own memories of childhood, but it will also make you feel blessed that you didn’t have to endure some of what transpired in the lives of Andrew and Zo Chornavka, and their other family members. There are moments that are so visceral in places that at times it makes you want to turn away from the page in its absolute capture of what I can only describe as devastation, without giving anything away. This is one of only a few books that has left me feeling out of my body. It has an effect that no reader will be able to ignore; it will grip you and you will not be the same afterward. If God came to me and said that I could only recommend one book in my entire life, this would be that book. It shook me.
Stumbling upon this book some time ago, I read it not really knowing what it was about. It took me by surprise and gripped my attention such that I could NOT put it down! I enjoyed every second of it!! In fact, I was waiting very impatiently for the follow up book! Grab it and be prepared to be challenged and entertained!!