A Long, Long Time Ago & Essentially True

Brigid Pasulka, Author . Houghton Mifflin Harcourt $25 (354p) ISBN 978-0-547-05507-7

Pasulka’s delightful debut braids together two tales of old and new Poland. The old is the fairy tale love story of the Pigeon, a young man so entranced by village beauty Anielica that he builds her family a house to prove his devotion. When war comes to Poland, the Pigeon works for the resistance, guarding the town and his Jewish sister-in-law with creativity and bravery. After the war, he and Anielica get engaged and the Pigeon brings his family to Kraków, but the fabled promises of the golden city and the glories of communism prove hollow. The new tale is about Anielica and the Pigeon’s granddaughter, Beata, whose plainness has earned her the nickname Baba Yaga. Now living in a much-changed Kraków, Beata is a bar girl with no hopes of love or plans for the future. When tragedy strikes and Beata uncovers family secrets, she brings together the old and new to create her own bright future. 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. (Aug.)

Reviewed on: 04/06/2009
Release date: 08/01/2009
Show other formats
FORMATS
Paperback - 368 pages - 978-0-547-33628-2
Open Ebook - 1 pages - 978-1-299-88647-6
Open Ebook - 368 pages - 978-0-547-42847-5
Paperback - 406 pages - 978-0-340-92015-2
Hardcover - 320 pages - 978-0-340-92013-8
Paperback - 320 pages - 978-0-340-92014-5
X
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Email Address

Password

Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email pw@pubservice.com with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.