Thirteen years ago Magda witnessed the arrest of her mother by the Polish secret police. Now, as her country emerges from behind the Iron Curtain, a tip from a neighbor starts Magda on her quest to find out what would make a mother sacrifice her family. Deprived of the intimacy of family, seventeen-year-old Magda seeks answers and security in boys, men, and a river that flows ever onward—dividing Magda from the West and the future.
Researched while I lived in Poland, this novella is my exploration of a fascinating moment in the history of Poland and of my love for the Polish people. Speaking to universal themes of loss and loneliness, Polska, 1994 is structured around the poems of Miłosz and the nocturnes of Chopin.
CECILE’S WRITERS – “Jacek”
SOUL’S ROAD – An e-collection available on Amazon featuring “Empirical Facts”
TRANSLATION NEXUS – “East Meets West” in the original English and translated into over sixty languages via crowd-sourcing