A grand love story, a wonderfully warm-hearted debut, and a young woman and her country on the cusp of change.
Brigid Pasulka, the descendant of Polish emigrants, first arrived in Krakow in the early 1990s and stayed for a year. It was the first of many visits which would allow her to learn Polish, make lifelong friends and fall in love with the land of her great grandparents. She wrote part of A Long Long Time Ago and Essentially True in a cafe called Pigeon 3. Brigid lives in Chicago where she teaches English, but returns to Poland often. This is her first novel.
Pasulka creates a world that's magical despite the absence of
magical happenings, and where Poland's history is bound up in one
family's story . . .[A] delightful debut. * Publisher's
Weekly starred review *
Pasulka creates a world that's magical despite the absence of magical happenings, and where Poland's history is bound up in one family's story . . .[A] delightful debut. * Publisher's Weekly starred review *
'Pasulka's book has a gripping story...history is not dead - it is just fascinating to see it at work in the present'. * The Times *
There are human tragedies at both ends of the novel's timescale and Pasulka is strong on the way historical events blight human lives. But there are also tales of love and loss that are purely personal and Pasulka's theme that the human connections are ultimately all that matter is both moving and convincingly told. * metro.co.uk *
With a touch of Marina Lewycka and a dash of Captain Corelli's Mandolin, this is storytelling that gets under your skin and forces you to press copies into your best friends' hands. * Elle magazine *
The relationship between Pigeon and Anielica...is the stuff of great romantic epics. And this debut novel is also full of humor...thanks to Brigid Pasulka's unforgettable writing that easily takes the reader from past to present, tragedy to hopefulness. It really feels like a true-life fairy tale. * Glamour.com *