Are My Roots Showing? by Karola Gajda
Hugely entertaining, funny, heart-warming and often moving
— Yorkshire Post.
Thirty something Magda, born in England to Polish parents has recently broken up with her rotten boyfriend Matt and needs a fresh start. Quitting her job, she sets off to Warsaw to teach English, While her excited Mama thinks she is off to find a nice Polish husband, Magda simply wants to explore her roots. improve her rusty Polish and see how her parents’ homeland has changed.
To her horror Magda discovers that Mama and bossy cousin Dagmara have sneakily put her on a dating site. Does Magda stay in Poland? And does she find a Polish husband?
Funny and touching Are My Roots Showing? is about identity, family, the fleetingness of life and love. Magda learns how history affects the present, and that where there are roots, new shoots can grow.
Gajda touches on the changes that have taken place in Warsaw – emerging from the grim Communist era into a stylish modern city- from her own experiences of travelling there while growing up. And Gajda’s stand-up roots are certainly showing – there is some fine comic observation of human foibles and she is particularly astute on the complexity of family relationships.
— Yorkshire Post.
If you enjoyed ‘A Short History of Tractors in the Ukraine’ by Marina Lewycka this will be the book for you!
Karola Gajda is a writer born in Yorkshire, UK, to Polish parents. She has worked in theatre, radio, and stand-up comedy. Her passion is making people laugh.
Are My Roots Showing?
By Karola Gajda
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publishing date: May 2016
As is tradition, along with the inauguration of the Bologna Children's Book Fair, the Book Institute's catalogue "Polish Books for Children & Young Adults" premieres, presenting excellent Polish books for young audiences that were published last year.