A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True

A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True

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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 Hetmanská he offers up his "golden hands" to transform her family’s modest hut into a beautiful home, thereby building his way into her heart.
Then war arrives to cut short their courtship, delay their marriage, and wreak havoc in all their lives, even sending 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 the fairy-tale city of her grandmother’s stories. But when she arrives in Kraków, instead of the whispered prosperity of the New Poland, she discovers a city caught between its future and its past, and full of frustrated youths. Taken in by her toughtalking cousin Irena and Irena’s glamorous daughter Magda, Beata struggles to find her own place in 1990s Kraków and in the constellation of Irena and Magda’s fierce love. But unexpected events-- tragedies and miracles-- can change lives and open eyes. And Beata may just find a new way of seeing her family's and her country's history-- as well as a vision for her own role in the New Poland.
Whimsical, wise, beautiful, magical, 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.


Baker & Taylor
Half a century after the marriage of her Polish grandparents is marred by World War II and a painful tragedy, Beata recreates their journey to Krakâow, where she encounters a youth culture torn between the city's past and future.

Blackwell North Amer
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. He offers Anielica Hetmanska's family his "golden hands" and transforms their modest hut into a beautiful home, thereby building his way into her heart.
But then war arrives to cut short their courtship, delay their marriage, and wreak havoc in their lives - even sending the young lovers far from home, to the promise of a new life in Krakow.
Nearly fifty years later, their granddaughter, Beata, repeats their postwar journey, seeking a new life in the fairy-tale city of her grandmother's stories. But instead of the whispered prosperity of New Poland, she discovers a city caught between its future and its past. Taken in by her tough-talking cousin Irena and Irena's glamorous daughter Magda, Beata struggles to find her own place in 1990s Krakow and in the constellation of Irena and Magda's fierce love. But unexpected events - tragedies and miracles - can change lives and open eyes. And Beata may just find a new way of seeing her family's and her country's history - as well as a vision for her own role in the New Poland.
Whimsical, wise, beautiful, magical, and sometimes 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.

Baker
& Taylor

Half a century after the marriage of her Polish grandparents is marred by World War II and a painful tragedy, Beata recreates their journey to Kraków, where she encounters a youth culture torn between the city's past and future. A first novel.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009
ISBN: 9780547055077
0547055072
Branch Call Number: FICTION PASUL...B
Characteristics: v, 354 pages ; 24 cm

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mtnigh Aug 13, 2011

good read, a real essence of the everyday people of Poland and how they survived and kept their character while being ruled by the Nazis then Russians

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