• Brigid Pasulka

Whitney Young High School English teacher Brigid Pasulka reads from her debut novel, A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), on Tuesday, December 1, at Barbara’s Bookstore.

The book interweaves two tales, both set in Poland—in one, set in the 1930s, a young couple’s life is disrupted by war; in the other their granddaughter seeks a new life 50 years later in Krakow, the “fairy-tale city” of her grandmother’s stories.

I haven’t read the whole thing yet, but what I have read is completely charming. Here’s an excerpt from the earlier story, in which a young man, enraptured by a beautiful girl he’s recently seen, offers to work for free for her father: