Aleksandar Hemon has been telling critically acclaimed stories for years, most notably, perhaps, in "The Lazarus Project," which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. In his latest collection, "The Book of My Lives," he tells his own stories.
Hemon, who is originally from
This piece first ran in Printers Row Journal, delivered to Printers Row members with the Sunday
We didn't choose this book because Hemon has made Chicago his home — although he writes compellingly about it in such a way that it could take its place on the shelf of great Chicago literature. Many of these stories have been published elsewhere before, but taken together, they offer a glimpse of a life — a father, a son, an immigrant — and of loss. Readers of Hemon's previous works may see some parallels with his invented characters. But the universal truths found in his memoir feel all the more powerful for being grounded in his own, sometimes painfully real, life.
— Jennifer Day, Printers Row Journal editor