Geneva, (PressExposure) February 03, 2012 -- Author and professor, Sandy Krolick, former executive at General Electric, Ernst & Young, and Computer Sciences Corporation, has delivered a knockout blow to capitalism and the Western obsession with progress in his freshman novel, VERONIKA: The Siberian's Tale.
Based largely upon events unfolding as Russia continues its march toward modernization, VERONIKA is a 74,000 word work of upmarket literary fiction plunging the reader deep into the myth, mystery and psyche of a more archaic worldview being swept away in Siberia's headlong rush to the West.
Writing from his wife's homeland, in the foothills of the Altai Mountains of Central Siberia, Krolick quickly brushes away Western misconceptions as he forces the reader to question the relentless global reach of a modern temperament driven by power, money, and domination.
Veronika is a tour-de-force of romance, geopolitical intrigue, international finance, and most important, a personal battle with the self.
As a recent reviewer writes
In his first work of fiction, Sandy Krolick weaves a powerful tale of ancient knowledge and modern challenge in the story of a young man navigating the seductive and treacherous world of modern Russia. Writing from his adopted Siberia, Krolick creates a compelling figure in Sergei, the tale's protagonist... The characters capture the taste, culture, and clash of forces at work in modern Russia and in the world at large. As the drive for development and modernization rises, the author deftly adds counterpoint in voices that connect to the land, the mountains, the ancient ways. Krolick creates scenes that are tense, sensual, idyllic, magical. He offers up reconciliation in ways that are unexpected and touching. The novel ends with a powerful acceptance of return and rediscovery, and a clear path for change. VERONIKA: The Siberian's Tale is a rich and compelling story, well told. (Michele Benoit)
As author Guy R. McPherson, Professor Emeritus, University of Arizona, summarizes:
VERONIKA is a parable for our times. Through the lens of the protagonist, it takes us on an exhilarating ride up the ladder of financial success as we willfully ignore the impacts of that success on the living planet.