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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
Another Way Over by John J. Michalik is the tale of a Slovak immigrant who travels to America on the brink of World War I in search of a better life. Inspired by Michalik's paternal grandfather's life story, the book follows Jan Brozek, son of a Slovak farmer, who's set to emigrate to the new world and settle down, so when his fiancee, Maria, arrives, they can start a new life together. However, things don't go according to plan as Jan begins to have conflicted feelings for a young noblewoman whose life he saves twice. Meanwhile, he's denied access through the New York City harbor due to an eye condition, leading him to seek a way through Argentina. Along the way, he encounters a myriad of people from all walks of life.
A slice-of-life story showcasing the power of perseverance and the inherent resilience of the human spirit, Another Way Over enthralls you from beginning to end. This is slow-burn storytelling at its finest. Author John J. Michalik's tale is an homage to those millions of immigrants who had to sacrifice everything and leave their loved ones behind in their pursuit of the American dream. The characters are well-fleshed-out, and they provide a sense of authenticity to the narrative that makes it riveting to read. Jan is a wonderfully complex yet likable protagonist who you can't help but root for. His complicated feelings for two different women in his life add conflict to his character, making him intriguing. If you love slice-of-life stories filled with heart and charm, Another Way Over is the book for you.