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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Brigid Pasulka  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born:


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Illinois Connection

Pasulka spent most of her childhood in a farming township in Central Illinois. She is a graduate of the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Brigid Pasulka was born and raised in rural Illinois and has lived in Poland, Russia, Germany and Italy. She currently teaches English at a Whitney Young Magnet High School in Chicago.


Published Works Expand for more information


Titles At Your Library

A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True
ISBN: 0547055072

Houghton Mifflin Co. 2009

The novel opens on the eve of World War II. In the mountain village of Half-Village, a young man nicknamed the Pigeon, under the approving eyes of the entire village, courts the beautiful Anielica Hetmanska. But the war's arrival wreaks havoc in all their lives and delays their marriage for six long years. Nearly fifty years later, their granddaughter, Beata, leaves Half-Village for Krakow, the place where her grandparents lived as newlyweds after the war and the setting of her grandmother's most magical stories. Beata yearns to find her own place in this new city, one that is very different from her imagination and the past. Her first person insight into a country on the cusp of change--and the human toll of Poland's rapid-fire embrace of capitalism--transports readers to another world. When two unexpected events occur, one undeniably tragic, and the other a kind of miracle, Beata is given a fresh glimpse at her family's and her country's, history and a vision of her own essential role in the New Poland. With the effortless, accomplished grace of a gifted storyteller, Pasulka weaves together the two strands of her story, re-imagining half a century of Polish history through the legacy of one profound love affair--that of the Pigeon and Anielica--which readers won't soon forget.

The Sun and Other Stars: A Novel
ISBN: 1451667116

Simon & Schuster. 2014

Set in a seaside village on the Italian Riviera, this irresistible new novel by PEN/Hemingway Award-winner Brigid Pasulka tells the story of a widowed butcher and his son whose losses are transformed into love.

Brigid Pasulka’s PEN/Hemingway award-winning debut novel was compared to the works of Jonathan Safran Foer by the New York Times and hailed by Elle as “storytelling that gets under your skin and forces you to press copies into your best friends’ hands.” Now The Sun and Other Stars, Pasulka’s extraordinary second novel, is all that and more: a profound, compelling, and big-hearted masterpiece that showcases an exquisite writer at the joyful height of her talents.

In the seaside village of San Benedetto, a resort town on the Italian Riviera, twenty-twoyear- old Etto finds himself adrift. Within the past year, Etto has not only lost both his twin brother and his mother, but in his grief has become estranged from his father, the local butcher. While his father passes the time with the men of the town in the fine tradition of Italian men everywhere—a reverential obsession with soccer—Etto retreats ever further from his day-to-day life, seeking solace in the hills above the town.

But then a Ukrainian soccer star, the great Yuri Fil, sweeps into San Benedetto, taking refuge himself from an international scandal. Soon Yuri and his captivating tomboy sister Zhuki invite Etto into their world of sport, celebrity, loyalty, and humor. Under their influence, Etto begins to reconstruct his relationship with his father and, slowly, open himself back up to the world. Who knows: perhaps the game of soccer isn’t just a waste of time, and perhaps San Benedetto, his father, love, and life itself might have more to offer him than he ever believed possible.

The Sun and Other Stars is a gorgeous, celebratory tale about families, compromise, and community, and about how losses can be transformed into hope. Irresistible and unforgettable, it is a shimmering miracle of a book.


Awards

A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True

  • Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, 2010
  • Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection
The Sun and Other Stars

  • Indie Next Pick, February 2014
  • Editor's Choice, Chicago Tribune
  • Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

Wendy Sherman Associates, Inc Literary Management wendy@wsherman.com 212-279-9027 Publicity Joanna Pinsker Houghton Mifflin Harcourt joanna.pinsker@hmhpub.com 212-420-5824