Swans Are Fat Too

by Michelle Granas

Natalia Lanska, formidable Polish pianist, is dead. The only person sorrowing is her granddaughter Hania, whose own career as a concert artist never took off due to a terrible weight problem. Feeling unwanted, Hania arrives in Warsaw for the funeral hoping for a warm welcome from her relatives. Instead, they saddle her with their appalling children, decamp, and refuse to return. Hania’s situation is complicated when a neighbor–the very very austere descendant of an old Polish family–asks her to proofread an amateur history project.

Hania sets to work, and Pan Doctor Prince Konstanty Radzimoyski is surprised when his ideas get more editing than he bargained for. Typing pages of the past, rediscovering her native city, and playing the piano all contribute to distracting Hania from her problems. The summer Hania spends between love, hostility, and the weight of history tests her resourcefulness. And no one, least of all Hania herself, expects that her beautiful qualities will make Konstanty forget her figure and other excess baggage.

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