"Professor Lania and his daughter, Anna, lived a happy charming life. Professor Lania teaches linguistics and Anna has grown up speaking many languages. Her father had many friends from all over the world and she enjoyed (was proud of?) being able to talk to them in their native tongues. But in 1939 in Poland, when Anna was in her seventh year, she learned that "War is a heavy word in every language". When the Germans arrived, their first mission was to target all the intellectuals and academics of the city of Krakow. She knew her father had to go, but never guessed he would not be coming back. Anna was left alone with nowhere to go, until the day she met a mysterious man who, like her, could speak many languages. Together, they embarked on a journey across Poland. During their travels, the Swallow Man taught Anna many things; most importantly the language of "Road" and how to survive this new life of theirs. Anna and the Swallow Man is a historical novel filled with magic and suspense!"— Jen Steele
A New York Times Bestseller
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
A Shelf Awareness Best Book of the Year
A Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book
Winner of the Indies Choice Book Award
Winner of the Sydney Taylor Book Award
"Exquisite." --The Wall Street Journal
"This is masterly storytelling." --The New York Times Book Review A stunning, beautiful, and ambitious debut novel set in Poland during the Second World War perfect for readers of All the Light We Cannot See and The Book Thief. Krak w, 1939. A million marching soldiers and a thousand barking dogs. This is no place to grow up. Anna Lania is just seven years old when the Germans take her father, a linguistics professor, during their purge of intellectuals in Poland. She's alone. And then Anna meets the Swallow Man. He is a mystery, strange and tall, a skilled deceiver with more than a little magic up his sleeve. And when the soldiers in the streets look at him, they see what he wants them to see. The Swallow Man is not Anna's father--she knows that very well--but she also knows that, like her father, he's in danger of being taken, and like her father, he has a gift for languages: Polish, Russian, German, Yiddish, even Bird. When he summons a bright, beautiful swallow down to his hand to stop her from crying, Anna is entranced. She follows him into the wilderness. Over the course of their travels together, Anna and the Swallow Man will dodge bombs, tame soldiers, and even, despite their better judgment, make a friend. But in a world gone mad, everything can prove dangerous. Even the Swallow Man. Destined to become a classic, Gavriel Savit's stunning debut reveals life's hardest lessons while celebrating its miraculous possibilities.
About the Author
Gavriel Savit holds a BFA in musical theater from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he grew up. As an actor and singer, Gavriel has performed on three continents, from New York to Brussels to Tokyo. He lives in Brooklyn. This is his first novel.