The blending of the two loves, one informed by cross-cultural discoveries and humorous bumblings, the other wonderfully human in its boy-meets-girl portraiture, invites the reader to savor all things Slovak. They range from food to castles, officious bureaucrats to outdoor fairs, beery picnics to chasing girls on Easter Day Two, Slovak words with no vowels to cemeteries aglow with candles “like stilled and silent seas of light, as if someone pulled the stars down and clustered the constellations among the stone graves”.
The Rev. Dr. F. Dean Lueking,
Pastor Emeritus, Grace Lutheran Church, River Forest, Illinois
About the author
Benjamin Chandler is an American who has been living in Slovakia since 2011, working at the Center for Christian Education in Martin, teaching English and visual arts. He has an MFA from Columbia College Chicago.