Longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2017
-Enchantingly elliptical fiction debut that sparkles with a gem-like quality.- --The Guardian
-Both magical and sinister, a memoir and a fairy tale and, like Wiola, completely captivating.- --The Irish News
In this celebrated debut from prize-winning poet Wioletta Greg, Wiola looks back on her youth in a close-knit, agricultural community in 1980s Poland. Her memories are precise, intense, distinctive, sensual: a playfulness and whimsy rise up in the gossip of the village women, rumored visits from the Pope, and the locked room in the dressmaker's house, while political unrest and predatory men cast shadows across this bright portrait. In prose that sparkles with a poet's touch, Wioletta Greg's debut animates the strange wonders of growing up.