"Paula is a talented writer whose love for the Mother of God makes her work deep and important....the only real flaw I find in this book is that it ended!"
~ Writer's Digest 19th Annual Award Judge
"I ... want you to know I couldn't put your book down - I finished it last week! Truly a relatable tale of there versus there, love and loss, freedom and tight bonds; it was a delight to read, and I felt like I was reliving many similar memories of my own from my travels to Greece (Kos) between the ages of 5-19. I really believe the main character was named "Insert Yourself Here." :)
The gray Audi (yeah, it's still there with my uncle and it's got to be 30 years old by now lol), the Toast sandwiches (oh, how I wish I could get one here - I've tried to make them here, but it's just not the same), the dark yet impenetrably safe streets (which we wandered 'til 3 AM without fear, and our parents knew we were going to be ok - we used to play hide 'n' seek - "Kryfto" all night), the HORRIFYING creatures that resided in my Aunt's house (a little Gecko lizard made himself comfortable on the wall next to my bed every night LOL...Yikes!!), the romantic strolls with young love along the starlit beaches (which could never happen here lol), and the incomparable star gazing on the roof of my Uncle's house...(and the innumerable amount of stars...I never KNEW there could even BE that MANY stars growing up in a big, polluted city like Chicago).
Greece is timeless, pure & untarnished; Greece is beautiful in its serenity and tranquility, and I always feel a little closer to God when I'm there. Thank you for taking me there again, on a virtual journey back to the homeland and the heart."
~ Nicki Kastellorizios-Lee, Tinley Park, Illinois
"A delightful story about the 'coming of age' of a young American teenager when she goes to the Greek village of her mother's birth for the summer. She awakens to "pangs" of her fist love, assimilates to an environment foreign to her and grows to, ultimately, everything that is part of her heritage."
~ Georgia S. Mitchell
National Hellenic Museum
Board of Directors
"I just finished reading Seasons of Sun by Paula Renee Burzawa and wanted to thank you for writing a moving story about a young girl who went to Greece with a heavy heart, finding it difficult to adjust to the Greek Culture and language, yet was able to establish relationships with cousins and friends while growing, maturing and understanding life and values. In the end she is successful in establishing her own identity and purpose. This was a pleasant book to read."
~Rev. Fr. Peter G. Balkas
St. Nectarios Greek Orthodox Church
"I was impressed by the way Paula Burzawa describes the landscape and the wild beauty of the village and surrounding mountains...It was the characterization and sketching of her relatives and local people, though, that touched me the most... I am confident all who read "Seasons of Sun" will cherish the author's memories as well."
~ Matina Psyhogeos
Author, "Reaching For The Sky : Childhood Recollections of War and Peace:"
Article updated: 1/13/2011 09:53 AM
Arlington Hts. author credits library for first novel
By Deborah Donovan
A writers group at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library gets credit from Paula Burzawa for helping her write her first novel, "Seasons of Sun." Burzawa had planned to write a memoir about her travels in Greece, but the members of The Writing Place helped her see it would work better as a novel.
The coming of age story that includes surviving a wild fire in Greece has received considerable attention, including a supporting blurb from noted Chicago author Harry Mark Petrakis.
"I was very lucky to find The Writing Place at the library," said Burzawa. "Meeting with 30 other writers I got the idea I was on the wrong path. And I got the idea to make it a novel." She also used the library as a quiet place to write.
The website for Burzawa's book is Seasonsofsun.com.The library also has a writers group called The Poetry Place.
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