Signed copy - Christmas in Prague, a novella
"Rick Pryll weaves romance and the search for life's answers with a thoughtful touch." --Tracy Sumner, National Reader’s Choice winner
Christmas in Prague is a novella from award-winning author, Rick Pryll. This promotional novella is an excerpt from Part II, a novel called La Chimère of Prague, which was released in November 2020.
This is the story of Joseph, a divorced American twenty-something living as an expat in Prague. He's obsessed with Karina, a Czech waitress-turned-supermodel. She's freshly back from a trip to Italy with her English teacher, and she's ready to give Joseph the attention for which he's been longing. Will his Christmas wish come true?
"The contrasts between [Joseph's] world and Karina's, his ability to pretend and to engage (or not), and the narrator's existential crisis and choice to be alone at the most connected time of the year makes for a novella which is succinct, hard-hitting, and complete unto itself." - D. Donovan, Donovan's Literary Services
From Svatý Mikuláš, the eve of the Name Day for Saint Nicholas, on December 5th, through the Christmas holiday, follow along as Joseph gets the full holiday experience in this beautiful, old, quirky, mysterious, and mystical city at the heart of Europe. More than just a love story between a man and a woman, this is a love story between a young man and his adopted city.
Included in this novella, there are recipes for the food and drink that make up the rich Czech Christmas tradition.
“Perfectly encapsulates the loneliness of being in-between self and actualization. The angst, the utter confusion of what it’s like to feel alone in a room full of people.” - Bibiana Krall, author of Escape into the Blue
You will be able to smell the pine and the wood fires, you'll be able to taste Christmas when you read about Becherovka, a Czech liqueur that features cinnamon and ginger, flavors of dark honey, cloves, and licorice. You will feel the warmth in the mulled wine in your hand against the brisk chill in the winter air.
Come along for a heaping spoonful of European tradition without having to leave your favorite reading chair.