Gripping and evocative, Some Unfinished Business tells the story of a young man who is determined to prevail through anti-Soviet resistance in occupied Lithuania, imprisonment in the Gulag, and the icy hands of bureaucracy that attempt to thwart his love for a woman with a mysterious past — all while chasing the back of the man who dared him to dream in the first place.
At fourteen, Martin Averka met a teacher from the city who inspired him to seek out the wide world beyond his small village of Lyn Lake. Years later, having lived under the tyranny of an autocratic system populated by cowards and bullies and seeking revenge, he breaks into the Pažaislis Monastery Asylum to confront face-to-face the man from his youth who betrayed his friends and colleagues a decade before.
“They say that history is written by the victor, but in this vivid and deeply empathetic novel, it is instead told by Martin, a one-time farm boy thrust into the danger zone of the resistance as he searches for meaning and survival in difficult times. Antanas Sileika braids Martin’s remarkable story through the turbulent, ever-changing history of mid-twentieth-century Lithuania as he confronts who he is, what he values, and who he hopes to be. Some Unfinished Business is a powerful, moving, and page-turning examination of loyalty, betrayal, retribution, and ultimately, love, written by an acclaimed author at the height of his powers.”
— Gary Barwin, author of Yiddish for Pirates and Nothing the Same, Everything Haunted
“Set in the relentless, menacing atmosphere of a Soviet Socialist Republic, Antanas Sileika’s novel grabs you by the arm and never lets go until the last moment. The story of the two men at the heart of this tale is profoundly human and universal as are betrayal and survival.”
— Anna Porter, author of The Ghosts of Europe: Journeys through Central Europe’s Troubled Past and Uncertain Future; Kasztner’s Train: The True Story of Rezso Kasztner, Unknown Hero of the Holocaust; and The Storyteller: A Memoir of Secrets, Magic and Lies
“Antanas Sileika is such an intelligent and compassionate writer. His latest novel, Some Unfinished Business, evokes post-World War II Lithuania, the land of lingering ghosts where the past poisons the future. A gripping story of shattering betrayals and fragile hope.”
— Eva Stachniak, author of Necessary Lies, The Winter Palace, Empress of the Night, and The School of Mirrors