"Kociejowski attracts on the entire elements of his existence in those enticing, idiosyncratic own essays ... [that] proffer the reader equivalent measures of autobiography, perception and quirky charm." —Michael Dirda, The Washington Post
In the sport of bocce, irrespective of how intensely you examine the world's floor, there's continually an opportunity an unseen pebble will knock your ball in an unforeseen course. In those essays, poet, antiquarian bookseller, and celebrated shuttle author Marius Kociejowski chronicles serendipitous encounters with authors, manuscripts, and eccentrics, during which “the curious workings of destiny” and “art's unbidden swerve” interfere to shift the process fortune.
Carried by way of prepared wit, aphoristic prose, and a wealthy feel of characterization, and that includes likelihood conferences and comedian misadventures with such figures as Bruce Chatwin, Zbigniew Herbert, and Javier Marías, The Pebble Chance is a luxurious supplying of belles lettres exploring the incandescent moments while ability and windfall collide.