Accommodations (2019)

Polish title: Stancje (2017)
Translated by: Jennifer Croft
Published by: Transit Books
Originally published by: W. A. B

Accommodations (originally published as Stancje in 2017) is the second novel by the poet and writer Wioletta Grzegorzewska, who is better known to English readers by her pen name of Wioletta Greg. Accommodations can be considered a kind of sequel to Greg’s Swallowing Mercury (Guguły, 2014), the story of a childhood spent in the Polish countryside in the late 1980s. [link]

Accommodations picks up this story and takes it further, as the protagonist leaves her rural community for the city of Częstochowa. As Jennifer Croft, this novel’s translator, notes:

Accommodations is a beautiful and frenetic coming-of-age tale by a brilliant poet whose unparalleled linguistic resources enrich and enliven the page. This book is about finding one’s place in the world – accommodating and being accommodated by new people and places and things.

Colorado Review
Kirkus Review
Reading in Translation
Washington Independent Review of Books