This historical novel, "Deep Wells, Burning Forests," by C.K. Lucyk, artistically weaves the survival stories of three different families. Told through the dramatic and effective story line of four young adults from two different families, choosing their path to survival with strong nationalist sentiment and a vision for the political future of Ukraine, even though it would be easiest, and perhaps safest, to flee. All strong characters with varying talents and abilities, their paths and stories intersect at various points, culminating in the convergence of their families in their new home and religious community in northeast Minneapolis. The situation of those who survived the war by escaping to Europe is also depicted in detail. The result is a novel rich with historical and geographical details.