Brigid Pasulka, the descendant of Polish emigrants, first arrived in Krakow in the early 1990s and stayed for a year. It was the first of many visits which would allow her to learn Polish, make lifelong friends and fall in love with the land of her great grandparents. She wrote part of A LONG LONG TIME AGO AND ESSENTIALLY TRUE in a cafe called Pigeon 3. Brigid lives in Chicago where she teaches English, but returns to Poland often. This is her first novel.