THE DRAGONTAIL BUTTONHOLE

This novel tells the story of the devastating impact of the Nazi occupation of Prague on a young family. Willy Kohut, married to beautiful Sophie and father to two year old Pavel, sells luxury British suit fabrics. After his arrest and release by the Gestapo, they abandon their home, risking a journey through Nazi Germany to find freedom in the west. Their route is uncertain and erratic, marked by violence, despair, courage and quirks of fate.


The Dragontail Buttonhole was the trademark of a Jewish master tailor in Prague.

ABOUT PETER CURTIS

I was born in Kosiče in Eastern Slovakia. Later, as a child in England I was enthralled by books like Treasure Island, King Solomon’s Mines and The 39 Steps. I dreamed of writing tales of adventure.

As a young man, I trained at Guy’s Hospital, London, specializing in joint and back problems. But when I found that people’s lives were more interesting than inflammation I turned to family doctoring in the English countryside and began writing about dramatic or amusing incidents in my practice. Some of my short stories were published. The years passed and I moved with my family to the University of North Carolina.

As my family elders and parents passed on, I inherited their photographs and documents and began to piece together the family’s Slovak history. They had been the enthusiastic citizens of a dynamic democratic country, Czechoslovakia, until it was swallowed by Germany during the great and tragic dislocation of WWII. What they went through moved me to write an adventure story close to my heart.

UPCOMING EVENTS

GENEALOGISTS. Save the date. August 7-12 2016. 36th International Conference of Jewish Genealogy in Seattle.

July 21st - 7 pm. Book reading and discussion by the author at the Queen Anne Book Company, 1811 Queen Anne Avenue N. Seattle, WA.

Peter Curtis is available for readings and book signings in the Pacific Northwest. Use the contact page to inquire.
     
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