HM Flath’s ‘Cobbled Life’ receives Trafford Gold Seal recognition

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Fiction, historical fact blend in ‘Cobbled Life’, telling story of one boy’s immigration to Canada

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Otto, a young man living with his family in a village situated a few miles from Piotrikow, Poland, is recruited into Tsar Nicholas II’s army in 1908.

From there, events over which he has little control take him on a journey through St. Petersburg, Russia, to battles in Galicia and eventually to the windswept Saskatchewan prairies. In the 2013 novel “Cobbled Life” (published by Trafford Publishing) by HM Flath, Otto finds love, experiences adventure, encounters loneliness, undergoes tragedy and continues to hope for a better life.

“Cobbled Life” was selected last month for inclusion in the Trafford Gold Seal program, which recognizes excellence in writing and overall potential. It is a story of the many challenges and struggles Otto confronts as he adapts and adjusts to the ever-changing economic conditions, languages, ethnicities and cultural and social structures in which he becomes caught.

Flath compares Otto’s fictional story to the thousands of real young men and their families who, during the social upheaval and turmoil of Eastern Europe in the early 1900s, found themselves pulling up their roots and transplanting them into the vast open prairies of Western Canada.

Cobbled Life
By HM Flath
Softcover | 5 x 8 in | 356 pages | ISBN 9781466987470
E-Book | 356 pages | ISBN 9781466987463
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
HM Flath is a retired humanities teacher who spent 35 years weaving historical events and social issues into fascinating stories to intrigue, motivate and capture the interest of the hundreds of students that came through his classroom. He continues to captivate audiences with his ability to take everyday occurrences as well as significant happenings and create stories that come alive.

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