• Books

    Where in the World Is The Forgetting Flower T-shirt? Poland

    Branicki Palace, Poland, Where in the World Is The Forgetting Flower T-shirt? Poland, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2019/06/13/t-shirt-poland #Poland #Bialystok #BranickiPalace #TheForgettingFlower #books #travel

    Today, The Forgetting Flower T-shirt is in Białystok, Poland with my friend Ula Drapała. The above photo shows Ula at the Branicki Palace. She and I talked about life in the UK, why she wants to live in a house made of clay, her medium format photos, and the Polish naturalist Simona Kossak. Who are you and what do you do for fun (either in your job or outside of your job)? I’m Ula, a thirty-three-year-old woman. A few years ago, I moved from Poland to England to work as a nurse.…

  • Books

    Where in the World Is the Forgetting Flower T-Shirt? Seattle

    Karen Hugg in Garden, Where in the World Is the Forgetting Flower T-Shirt? Seattle, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2019/05/24/forgetting-flower-t-shirt/ #KarenHugg #author #books #novels #gardening #plants #TheForgettingFlower #literary

    Hey everyone, I’m sharing the fun that my friends, family, and I had by wearing The Forgetting Flower T-shirt in our respective cities and countries. I’ll kick off the book fun with a photo of myself in Seattle before we move on to New York, England, Poland, and Paris!

  • Books

    Who is the Enigmatic Renia and Her Sister?

    Twin Sisters, Who is the Enigmatic Renia, and Her Sister? Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2019/04/26/renia-estera-character/ #TheForgettingFlower #novels #books #fiction #crimefiction #thrillers #Paris #Renia #Estera #character

    Hi everyone, as we get closer to the release of The Forgetting Flower, I thought it would be fun to do an introduction for a few of the characters. First up is my protagonist, Renia, and her sister Estera. Renia Baranczka is a young woman who grew up on the outskirts of Kraków in Poland. She comes from an intact family, albeit a working class one, and has one sibling, a twin sister. Renia’s mother named Renia the Polish word for “queen” and her sister Estera the word for “star”…

  • Books,  Writing

    Bruno Schulz Imagines an Insane, Ecstatic World

    Bruno Schulz Imagines an Insane, Ecstatic World, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2019/01/23/bruno-schulz #BrunoSchulz #StreetofCrocodiles #Poland #writers #Polish #novels #books

    Bruno Schulz was a writer, painter, and literary critic in early 20th-Century Poland. I’ve always admired his work. It’s surreal and strange but amazingly compelling. The other day I came across my copy of Street of Crocodiles, a collection of short fiction that’s his signature creation and couldn’t resist sharing my ideas about it here. Wild Words That Resonate When I read it years ago, the book rang in my soul like a large brass bell. Days after reading it, I could still feel the sound resonating in my chest.…

  • Writing

    Why a Novel About a Flower That Makes You Forget? Part 3

    Geranium, Why a Novel About a Flower That Makes You Forget? Part 3, Karen Hugg, The Forgetting Flower, https://karenhugg.com/2018/07/27/the-forgetting-flower/ #TheForgettingFlower #flower #novel #book #plants #scents

    In these last few weeks, I’ve shared the origins of my novelThe Forgetting Flower. It’s a story about memories, about a botanically unique plant, about sisterly relationships, and about Paris and Poland. It’s even about an immigrant’s dream of having a better life, which I haven’t touched on that much in these posts but is a driving theme throughout the novel. I hope you enjoy. The Forgetting Flower Excerpt Chapter 1 Renia doubted her sister would answer, but every week she called anyway. That Friday, as the clerk packed up…