Christmas in Prague

Christmas in Prague

by Rick Pryll

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"Rick Pryll weaves romance and the search for life's answers with a thoughtful touch." --Tracy Sumner, National Reader's Choice Award winner

Christmas in Prague is a novella from award-winning author, Rick Pryll. Taken from the upcoming novel, Part II of THE CHIMERA OF PRAGUE, set to release in April 2019, 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. Donanvan, 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 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

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161778364
Publisher: Foolishness Press
Publication date: 11/19/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 485 KB

About the Author

Rick Pryll is an award-winning author and poet living in Charlotte since 2002. His latest book, The Chimera of Prague (Foolishness Press, 2017) was selected the winner of the 2018 New York Festival of Books in the Romance category.

Rick is a member of CharlotteLit and the Charlotte Writer’s Club. Most recently, Rick hosted a book marketing session called “Beyond the Book: engaging readers, creating super fans” as a part of the Author Talks series at CharlotteLit.

In support of his latest book, Rick held launch events in Charlotte and in Prague, the Czech Republic. Since November 2017, he has been invited to participate in author events in Kentucky, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania, and is actively seeking additional opportunities to speak and promote his book internationally and domestically.

First published to the web in 1994, his hyperfiction short story “LIES” has garnered praise from the Wall Street Journal, SHIFT magazine, and several other publications in print and online. It is cited in more than seven books, and has been translated into Spanish and Chinese.

From 1996 to 2002 Rick lived in Prague. While there he published two books including Displaced (Foolishness Press, 1998) and Wallow (Foolishness Press, 1999). His stories and poems have been featured on the pages of THINK and OPTIMISM.

Rick attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering by submitting a novella as his thesis. In 1991, he won MIT's Robert A. Boit Prize for Best Short Story.

Rick was born in Dunkirk, New York on the shores of Lake Erie. From the age of three, he grew up in Batavia, New York and graduated from Pembroke Central High School.

He lives with his wife, 2018 ArtPop Charlotte artist, Holly Spruck HMCAS, his two kids, Edie (13 years old) and Jack (11 years old), two cats and a puppy.

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