Pioneer Press: The Bohemian Flats evokes a time and place.
... Raimund learns within two months that the city people regard the Flats with superstition and fear, based on some truth but mostly stained with the consistent piss of prejudice. He learns that it doesn't matter if you are Swedish, Irish, Italian, German, Norwegian, or any other ethnicity. Once you live on the Flats you become lumped with the Slovaks and Czechs. You become a Bohemian.
This is how Mary Relinde Ellis introduces readers to her riveting new novel, "The Bohemian Flats," which should go on everyone's "must read" list for its evocation of a time and place and characters that are fully alive.
Part family saga, part history and a little bit of a thriller, the story spans 1896 to 1968 and moves from Germany to Minneapolis to Wisconsin.