I Am a Brave Bridge

An American Girl’s
Hilarious and Heartbreaking Year
in the Fledgling Republic of Slovakia

Picking cherries in the backyard in Svätẏ Jur, June 1994

Picking cherries in the backyard in Svätẏ Jur, June 1994

 

Once upon a time…

…an American girl moved
to a little town in Slovakia.
And she fell in love with the country…
and with a boy.
And then another boy.
And then about a dozen boys fell in love with her.
Many linguistic and romantic antics ensue—
and a happy ending unlike any
she could have foreseen.

A story about being
two things at once…

A teenage girl,
and the grown-up version looking back at her…
A local and a foreigner,
an heir and an alien…
Living through history in the making,
and trying to understand that history…
Struggling with a divided heart…
Pining for one gift, but receiving another.

This is a story for everyone…

who is an armchair traveller,
or a real one…
who loves love stories…
and the comedy of culture clash…
and exotic lands…

…but above all, a story for everyone who is always homesick
for somewhere else.