Fugitive Pieces, written by Canadian poet Anne Michaels was first published in 1996. It’s one of those extraordinary novels that I feel a lot of readers may have missed along the way – and a book that profoundly affected me.
This novel tells the story of a young boy who is found hiding in the bog of a Polish City after the Nazis have killed his family. The man who rescues him takes him to a safe home on an island in Greece where their stories and pasts unfold. It is Anne Michael’s luminous and poetic language that first pulled me in to the narrative. She writes sentences so exquisite and tactile that you might find yourself rereading them - or rolling them across your tongue like a beautiful marble.
I often recommend this book to readers who love language-driven narratives or stories that delve into understanding the human condition. Fugitive Pieces is a journey of compassion - rife with the themes of silence, loss, beauty and memory. This is a book I’ve kept on my “shelf of favorites” for many years. It remains timeless.