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"[A] whimsical debut." —New York Times Book Review
 
On the eve of World War II, a young man nicknamed the Pigeon falls in love with a girl fabled for her angelic looks, and builds his way into her heart by transforming her familys modest hut into a beautiful home. But war arrives, cutting short their courtship and sending the young lovers off to the promise of Kraków.

Nearly fifty years later, their granddaughter repeats this journey, but instead of the whispered prosperity of the New Poland, she discovers a city caught between its future and its past.

 
Magical, wise, and sometimes even heartbreaking, A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True weaves together two remarkable stories, reimagining half a century of Polish history through the legacy of one unforgettable love affair.

"A gorgeous debut." —Chicago Tribune

"Rings hauntingly, enchantingly, real." —National Geographic Traveler
 
"With a touch of Marina Lewycka and a dash of Captain Corellis Mandolin, this is storytelling that gets under your skin and forces you to press copies into your best friends hands." —Elle (UK)
 
Brigid Pasulka, the descendant of Polish immigrants, first arrived in Krakow in the early nineties, with no contacts, no knowledge of the language, and only a vague idea of Polish culture. She quickly fell in love with the place, learned Polish, and decided to live there for one year. She teaches English at a Chicago high school.

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From an original new voice in fiction comes this warm-hearted debut. Pasulka reimagines half a century of Polish history through the legacy of one couple's profound love affair.

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An astonishing debut from a promising new voice (with echoes of Foer and Krauss) that offers an epic love story

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On the eve of World War II, in a place called Half-Village, a young man nicknamed the Pigeon falls in love with a girl fabled for her angelic looks. To court Anielica Hetmanskáhe offers up his “golden hands” and transforms her familys modest hut into a beautiful home, thereby building his way into her heart. War arrives to cut short their courtship, delay their marriage, and send the young lovers far from home, to the promise of a new life in Kraków.
 
Nearly fifty years later, their granddaughter, Beata, repeats their postwar journey, seeking a new life in her grandmothers fairy-tale city. But instead of the whispered prosperity of the New Poland, she discovers a Kraków caught between its future and its past.
 
Whimsical, wise, beautiful, magical, and at times heartbreaking, A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True weaves together two remarkable stories, reimagining half a century of Polish history through the legacy of one unforgettable love affair.

Synopsis:

On the eve of World War II, in a place called Half-Village, a young man nicknamed the Pigeon falls in love with a girl fabled for her angelic looks. To court Anielica Hetmanskáhe offers up his “golden hands” and transforms her familys modest hut into a beautiful home, thereby building his way into her heart. War arrives to cut short their courtship, delay their marriage, and send the young lovers far from home, to the promise of a new life in Kraków.
 
Nearly fifty years later, their granddaughter, Beata, repeats their postwar journey, seeking a new life in her grandmothers fairy-tale city. But instead of the whispered prosperity of the New Poland, she discovers a Kraków caught between its future and its past.
 
Whimsical, wise, beautiful, magical, and at times heartbreaking, A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True weaves together two remarkable stories, reimagining half a century of Polish history through the legacy of one unforgettable love affair.

About the Author

BRIGID PASULKA, the descendant of Polish immigrants, first arrived in Kraków in the early nineties, with no contacts, no knowledge of the language, and only a vague idea of Polish culture. She quickly fell in love with the place, learned Polish, and decided to live there for one year. She now teaches English at a Chicago high school.

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maven, January 9, 2013 (view all comments by maven)
A great story of historical fiction.
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Barbara R, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by Barbara R)
I absolutely loved this book. Someone gave it to me as a gift. It's a simple story, but so beautifully told. This author has a great future ahead. I can't wait for the next book!
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Pat A, June 5, 2010 (view all comments by Pat A)
I noticed I was smiling while I read. It's full of precious little truths. Engaging, sweet, hopeful, real--you hold your breath for these well-drawn characters.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780547336282
Author:
Pasulka, Brigid
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20100531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 0.74 lb

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Product details 368 pages Mariner Books - English 9780547336282 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , From an original new voice in fiction comes this warm-hearted debut. Pasulka reimagines half a century of Polish history through the legacy of one couple's profound love affair.
"Synopsis" by ,
An astonishing debut from a promising new voice (with echoes of Foer and Krauss) that offers an epic love story
"Synopsis" by ,
On the eve of World War II, in a place called Half-Village, a young man nicknamed the Pigeon falls in love with a girl fabled for her angelic looks. To court Anielica Hetmanskáhe offers up his “golden hands” and transforms her familys modest hut into a beautiful home, thereby building his way into her heart. War arrives to cut short their courtship, delay their marriage, and send the young lovers far from home, to the promise of a new life in Kraków.
 
Nearly fifty years later, their granddaughter, Beata, repeats their postwar journey, seeking a new life in her grandmothers fairy-tale city. But instead of the whispered prosperity of the New Poland, she discovers a Kraków caught between its future and its past.
 
Whimsical, wise, beautiful, magical, and at times heartbreaking, A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True weaves together two remarkable stories, reimagining half a century of Polish history through the legacy of one unforgettable love affair.

"Synopsis" by ,
On the eve of World War II, in a place called Half-Village, a young man nicknamed the Pigeon falls in love with a girl fabled for her angelic looks. To court Anielica Hetmanskáhe offers up his “golden hands” and transforms her familys modest hut into a beautiful home, thereby building his way into her heart. War arrives to cut short their courtship, delay their marriage, and send the young lovers far from home, to the promise of a new life in Kraków.
 
Nearly fifty years later, their granddaughter, Beata, repeats their postwar journey, seeking a new life in her grandmothers fairy-tale city. But instead of the whispered prosperity of the New Poland, she discovers a Kraków caught between its future and its past.
 
Whimsical, wise, beautiful, magical, and at times heartbreaking, A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True weaves together two remarkable stories, reimagining half a century of Polish history through the legacy of one unforgettable love affair.

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