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Author
Brigid Pasulka.
Publisher Mariner  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8 x 5.25 x 0.9 inches
ISBN 9780547336282
Pages/Publication Date 354/2009
Daedalus Item Code 10440
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(2010 PEN/Hemingway Award winner) In old Poland 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 turning her family's modest hut into a beautiful home. The war cuts short their courtship and sends the young lovers far from home, to the hope of a new life in Kraków. Nearly 50 years later, their granddaughter Beata repeats their postwar journey, seeking a new life in her grandmother's fairy-tale city. But instead of the whispered prosperity of the New Poland, she discovers a Kraków caught between its future and its past. Brigid Pasulka's "whimsical debut" (NYTBR) reimagines half a century of Polish history through the legacy of one unforgettable love affair.

"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.... 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."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 
 
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