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Reaching Prague [Kindle Edition]

Amber Roshay
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Book Description

Reaching Prague is a spiraling psychological tale of adultery set in contemporary Prague. Betrayed by her husband, Sarah Billings flees to Prague in an effort to cope with his duplicity and to figure out the rest of her life. In Prague she meets Mikul, a handsome bar owner with mafia ties, who at first seems to be exactly what she needs.

Soon they are conducting an illicit affair with erotic tension, painful awakenings, and looming violence. Slowly, as the seduction intensifies, Sarah begins to lose herself in the dark underbelly of Mikul's reality. She must choose between subjugation and salvation.

Mesmerizing and artfully constructed, Reaching Prague, is a personal journey into the exploration of deception, desire and, ultimately, the many layers of the human heart.

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About the Author

Amber Roshay grew up in the mountains of Arizona, but spent many years in San Francisco, California. After receiving a MFA in Writing from California College of the Arts in 2005, she moved to Thailand to teach English and now works at Sino-British College in Shanghai. She is currently writing a new novel about China. She is also the author of How the Fat Girl Got Thin. To read more of her work, go to

Product Details

  • File Size: 266 KB
  • Print Length: 201 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0984968806
  • Publisher: C&A Trading, LLC (April 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007QQ6H6W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,716,746 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully-written prose, a delight for the senses April 17, 2012
By SueZ
Format:Kindle Edition
"Reaching Prague" is, as the other reviewer stated, carefully eating chocolate with 70% cacao. Dark, sensual and delicious.

The story is about an American woman, Sarah, dealing with the betrayal of her husband and escaping to Prague to "lose" herself in her pain, but instead finds herself on a journey towards "recovery". Along the way, we encounter the underbelly of Prague through Mikul and a cast of other characters, which provide the backdrop for Sarah's "dark side".

The best part about this novel is Roshay's masterful way with words in invoking haunting imagery. Examples:

"I wore a silk shirt, a black sheer top that felt like smoke on my shoulders."

"He smelled like wind scented with oil."

The character of Sarah - her low self-esteem and suffering - is carefully developed through a series of flashbacks and introspection. So much so that I found this book difficult to read. It was like watching a dear friend spiral out of control, and you're powerless to help her, as she cannot even take the effort to help herself.

The reason I did not give the book four stars is because the journey between the pained Sarah and what she eventually becomes is not convincing enough for me. Without giving too much of the book away, I didn't feel the Sarah's final act was in her usual character. I also couldn't understand Mikul's motivation. Other than that, the book is rich and wonderfully crafted.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Holiday reading with a dark edge July 20, 2012
By Kate B
Format:Kindle Edition
Reaching Prague wasn't at all what I was expecting. I'd read some of Amber Roshay's prose via a friend's blog previously and liked her style, so jumped at the chance to read a review copy of her latest book. I think I was expecting a romance. However what I got was a dark dissection of a wholly unhealthy relationship.

Sarah, an American, runs away from her failing marriage and goes to Prague, where she meets Mikul. In her vulnerable state she falls into a relationship with him which fast spirals into obsession and violence. Roshay isn't afraid to write graphically and some of the scenes in the book are hard to read, not least because it's difficult not to scream at Sarah to wake up and get the hell out.

I liked the premise of the story and Roshay's writing, but I felt that there were times when tighter editing would have helped the action along. The ending was also not as strong as the earlier parts of the book. Overall, however, it's a good holiday read, especially if you like your stories with a darker edge to them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book. November 4, 2012
In Reaching Prague, Amber Roshay has written a dark, searing novel that isn't easy to physically put down or mentally let go. This is not just a story of a woman's discovery of the darkness within her, but of a person who, feeling she has nothing to lose, exposes her rawest self in ways she'd never have imagined before her arrival in Prague. What she'd dreamed as a city of escape becomes a maze of self-exploration that is both compelling and profoundly disturbing.

Roshay takes risks in her debut novel. The author holds nothing back in her depiction of Sarah, a woman scorned and torn; a woman who continues to rip herself apart while simultaneously attempting to pull her life together. Reaching Prague is a far-from-passive read, a story that leaves an imprint on the reader, requiring one to question the interconnectedness of love, trust, and pain.
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This book starts out as a good read and slowly edges into compelling reading. Rich in sensual and visual detail, unafraid of sexual explicitness, this book left me with profound images of people and places as if I had experienced them myself. Roshay's sharp insights into the psychology of her two main characters and their fears and weaknesses, is profound. This is a highly readable book but one with a depth and darkness of subject matter that is rare. It's a page-turner, a one-sitting book, that intellectually engages and challenges. It's atmospheric and gripping, entrancing the reader with its slow palpable rising tension.
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