The last flight of Poxl West: a novel
Poxl West fled the Nazis' onslaught in Czechoslovakia. He escaped their clutches again in Holland. He pulled Londoners from the Blitz's rubble. He wooed intoxicating, unconventional beauties. He rained fire on Germany from his RAF bomber.
Poxl West is the epitome of manhood and something of an idol to his teenage nephew, Eli Goldstein, who reveres him as a brave, singular, Jewish war hero. Poxl fills Eli's head with electric accounts of his derring-do, adventures and romances, as he collects the best episodes from his storied life into a memoir.
He publishes that memoir, Skylock, to great acclaim, and its success takes him on the road, and out of Eli's life. With his uncle gone, Eli throws himself into reading his opus and becomes fixated on all things Poxl.
But as he delves deeper into Poxl's history, Eli begins to see that the life of the fearless superman he's adored has been much darker than he let on, and filled with unimaginable loss from which he may have not recovered. As the truth about Poxl emerges, it forces Eli to face irreconcilable facts about the war he's romanticized and the vision of the man he's held so dear.
Daniel Torday's debut novel, The Last Flight of Poxl West, beautifully weaves together the two unforgettable voices of Eli Goldstein and Poxl West, exploring what it really means to be a hero, and to be a family, in the long shadow of war.
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|Grouping Title||last flight of poxl west|
|Grouping Author||torday daniel|
|Last Grouping Update||2019-02-16 23:36:02PM|
|Last Indexed||2019-02-17 00:41:02AM|
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|detailed_location_catalog||Main Library - Adult Fiction|
|display_description||"All his life, Elijah Goldstein has idolized his charismatic Uncle Poxl. Intensely magnetic, cultured and brilliant, Poxl takes Elijah under his wing, introducing him to opera and art and literature. But when Poxl publishes a memoir of how he was forced to leave his home north of Prague at the start of WWII and then avenged the deaths of his parents by flying RAF bombers over Germany during the war, killing thousands of German citizens, Elijah watches as the carefully constructed world his uncle has created begins to unravel. As Elijah discovers the darker truth of Poxl's past, he comes to understand that the fearless war hero he always revered is in fact a broken and devastated man who suffered unimaginable losses from which he has never recovered. Daniel Torday's debut novel, The Last Flight of Poxl West, beautifully weaves together what it means to be a family in the shadow of war-- to love, to lose, and to heal"--|
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|owning_library_catalog||Nashville Public Library|
|owning_location_catalog||Main Kids, Main Library|
|record_details||ils:CARL0000457798|Book|Books||English|St. Martin's Press,|2015.|291 pages ; 25 cm., overdrive:7ed1abcb-5500-4d12-b58e-dc1eaaabf126|eAudiobook|Audio Books||English|Macmillan Audio|2015||
|subject_facet||Families -- Fiction, Loss (Psychology) -- Fiction, World War, 1939-1945 -- Veterans -- Fiction|
|title_display||The last flight of Poxl West : a novel|
|title_full||The Last Flight of Poxl West A Novel, The last flight of Poxl West : a novel / Daniel Torday|
|title_short||The last flight of Poxl West :|
|topic_facet||Families, Fiction, Literature, Loss (Psychology), Veterans, World War, 1939-1945|