artwork by Janos Letai

Jean Letai

Following the Sun ~ 

a novel in verse

based on the true story of a Hungarian revolutionary and refugee

Growing up behind the Iron Curtain, a peasant boy navigates the pecking order of his village, school, and country -- only to realize he must give up everything for the one thing he wants most. Occupied by Nazi Germans and then Soviet Communists, Janos dreams of freedom, but he must trust in the kindness of strangers to help him survive.