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Winner of the 2010 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for a distinguished first book of fiction, A Long Long Time Ago and Essentially True is a grand love story and a wonderfully warm-hearted debut about a young woman and her country on the cusp of change. On the eve of World War II in a place called Half-Village, a man nicknamed the Pigeon falls in love with a girl fabled for her angelic looks. Using his 'golden hands' he decides to turn her family's modest hut into a beautiful home, and build his way into her heart. But war arrives, cutting short their charming courtship and bringing with it terrible events. Fifty years on, young Baba Yaga leaves her village to make a new life in Krakow. What she finds is not the city of her grandmother's tales but a place struggling in the aftermath of communism's fall, where opportunity seems reserved for the lucky few. Then tragedy strikes and the past reaches out an unexpected hand to her. What Louis de Bernieres did for Kefalonia, Brigid Pasulka does for Poland, weaving together the two strands of her story with a deftly magical touch into a witty, wise and heartbreaking love story that will enchant you to the very end.
|Publication date:||30th April 2019|
|Publisher:||Sceptre an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division|
|Format:||Paperback / softback|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
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.More About Brigid Pasulka