Earlier today, I reviewed Daniel Kalla’s stunning historical thriller, The Far Side of the Sky. Last week, I had the privilege of meeting Daniel when he visited my favorite independent book store, One More Page. Following is a short write-up of the event.
Daniel Kalla lives in Vancouver where he still works part-time as an emergency room physician. The Far Side of the Sky is his seventh book, his first six books are medical thrillers.
Kalla recounted how his professional life converged with his writing life. His first patient to read one of your books was crazy, literally, and he commented that her most lucid periods were those when she was singing the praises for his book.
At this event, the audience jumped in with questions rather quickly, so many unfamiliar with a large part of the story that takes place in this novel, despite having family members who experienced the events of Kristallnacht. The passion Kalla holds for retelling and educating the public on these these periods in history were evident in his discussion.
Overall, this was one of the most educational and rewarding events I have attended. The way Japanese, Chinese & Jewish history intersected is quite fascinating. Intrigued and captivated by Kalla’s writing in this novel and, given my interest in medical thrillers (how I survived two years of nursing school…before switching majors) I now plan on going back and picking up some of this author’s previous work.
I stated in my post early but I can’t help but reiterate: The Far Side of the Sky is the must-read historical fiction of the summer.