Anna has spent most of her life outside of Poland, but she seems to feel the greatest connection to herself when she is back in the town she called home in her childhood, and where she returns most summers. It is in this town of Kielce, Poland that Anna meets her closest girlfriends (and frenemies) Kamila and Justyna. The three girls create an unlikely bond when Anna comes to visit her grandmother when she is 12, and remain penpals in between Anna’s visits back to Poland.
This is the world we enter in The Lullaby of Polish Girls by Dagmara Dominczyk. The book moves back and forth in time and from the viewpoint of the three friends. Anna brings a sophisticated world view from living in many places before settling in the United States, eventually becoming an actress. Kamila is the awkward, desperate to please friend who flees to the United States when her marriage falls apart while Justyna is the wild child who never leaves Poland. A shocking tragedy brings the three friends back to each other.
I found this book really special. It could be because I am of Polish descent that I felt a connection to this book, but I really enjoyed Dominczyk’s writing and character development. Each of the girls had flaws but were lovable in their own way. You could feel and believe their friendship and their betrayals. The ending is a little too neatly packaged, but I was ever able to look past it because the overall work was so solid.
**I received this book from LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers.**