The Last Book Smuggler
Birute Putrius, author
In 1902 Lithuania, a group of rebels armed with books triumphs against the mighty Russian Empire to save a language. Part folktale, part thriller, THE LAST BOOK SMUGGLER tells the story of Ada and her grandfather Viktoras, an old book smuggler tired of his forty-year battle to keep his language alive despite the attempts of the Russian Empire to destroy it. Into their world steps Jonas, a young man in love with Ada and ready to join the underground book smugglers. But there is a traitor in their midst who must stop them or lose everything. While bringing to life an engaging and quirky family, with an element of the supernatural, the novel, based on events related to the author, whose grandfather was such a book smuggler, deftly captures the politics and dangers of the times.