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A Princess of Passyunk

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  14 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Philadelphia, 1950's: a boy, a baseball, a cockroach. Unlikely place. Unlikely characters. Unlikely love story.

I grew up with tales of Old World magic. Fairy tales, ghost stories, legends of great Slavic heroes like Kralyevich Marko and his marvelous horse, Sharats. Living in the USA, I wondered where the magic went and if maybe just a little of it might have crossed the o
Kindle Edition, 432 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Book View Cafe (first published 2010)

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Linda Irvine
Sep 15, 2010 Linda Irvine rated it it was amazing
Faith is at the heart of Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff's new novel ,*A Princess of Passyunk* - faith in your heart ("Dos hartz hot mir gezogt. My heart told me."); faith in your senses, your instincts, your family, your heritage, your elders; and faith in the magic of the everyday.

"Marija can be patient because she has faith. And because she is faithful. Ask yourself—do you have faith?"

I'm reluctant to go into much detail, as much of what I want to say would spoil the experience of this truly magnifice
Andrea Love
Feb 25, 2011 Andrea Love rated it liked it
This is light, fun book exploring the "magic" that is so fondly remembered about childhood, and how some people are able to hold onto that special part of their childhood beliefs well into adulthood. Set in Philadelphia in the 1950's, the book explores religious and personal transition within one family as the children search for their identities. The characters are memorable and there are sparks of dry humor throughout that will have you laughing out loud.

Ganny is a young man in an intergenerat
Maya Bohnhoff
Nov 11, 2010 Maya Bohnhoff rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: written-by-me
I can't rate my own book, but I can repost someone else's review:

Most readers of fantasy fiction will admit that, no matter how interesting or engaging the novel, there is always a knowledge at the back of it all that it isn't real. There is an awareness, unconscious or otherwise, that the magic and miracles taking place in its pages are imaginary and not to be expected in the "real world." In her new book, Bohnhoff challenges that uncomfortable knowledge and shows that magic does, indeed, still
Oct 27, 2010 Joy rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: public-reads, ebooks
I got this from LTER (LibraryThing Early Reviewers) and it took some weeks before I got around reading it. I wasn't excited because I don't know what it's about and the cover isn't exactly enticing; but as the saying goes "don't judge the book by its cover", so I went ahead and read it.

It started out slow, it's in the middle of a conversation until characters started to talk. Then as I read along, it became clear who the main characters are until it's reduced to THE main character - Ganady.

I'm n
Feb 22, 2012 Allan rated it liked it
Shelves: book, early, reviewer, in, 2010
The Princess of Passyunk is a book about a boy wise beyond his years. It is about the warm comfortable feeling of belonging to something that is rich in the meaning of life – a fairytale from a forgotten world of magic and belief in tradition. Set in 1950's Philadelphia, A Princess of Passyunk is the story of Ganady a young Polish boy and his passage from the magic and wonder that is baseball into the equally wonderful, though mysterious world of girls and adulthood. [return][return]His moral ...more
May 28, 2011 Monique rated it liked it
Note: I received this as a review copy from the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program.

The Princess of Passyunk is an updating of the Frog Princess, in which we find that magic can still exist in a modern world although it may be in disguise. In 1950s Philadelphia, a young man is caught between Catholicism and Judaism, Polish and American cultures. If you're not already a fan of baseball (I'm not), the beginning will likely be slow going. But give it those first few chapters to set the stage, and
Oct 07, 2012 Merry rated it really liked it
I stumbled on this inthe library's ebooks. Magical realism about immigrants inSouth Philadelphia.
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Maya’s addicted to speculative fiction. For this, she blames her dad and Ray Bradbury.  She’s authored eight novels of speculative fiction, short fiction that’s appeared in Analog, Amazing Stories, Interzone, and others, and has been short-listed for the Nebula, Sidewise, and British SF awards. She and writing partner Michael Reaves are promoting the November release of STAR WARS: SHADOW GAMES—a ...more
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