Swallowing Mercury: Wioletta Greg
Green Apple Books on the Park | 1231 9th Avenue | San Francisco, California
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Polish author Wioletta Greg discusses her new novel from Transit Books, Swallowing Mercury, with Molly Parent.
Longlisted for The Man Booker International Prize, Swallowing Mercury looks back on youth in a close-knit, agricultural community in 1980s Poland through the eyes of Wiola. 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.