My Last Lament
- Literary Fiction
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A Greek woman recounts her life, and her nation's
To capture the fading Greek folk art of lamentation, an American researcher asks an aging woman named Aliki to record her dirges. In response, Aliki sings her own story.
It begins in a village in northeast Greece, where Aliki sees the occupying Nazi soldiers execute her father for stealing squash. Then, just as the war is ending, the soldiers torch her village and massacre its people. Aliki escapes with her friend Takis and Stelios, the son of a Jewish refugee.
Fleeing across the chaotic landscape of postwar Greece, Aliki, Takis, and Stelios become a makeshift family. They are bound by friendship and grief until betrayal, madness, and heartbreak tear them apart in this novel that captures the idiosyncrasies of Greek life.
"James William Brown's brilliance and artistry as a storyteller woos, fascinates and utterly devastates.... [A] heart-rending World War II story you've never heard and won't soon forget."-Susan Meissner
"This is an astonishing novel, an imaginative feat of epic proportions. I was gripped from the first line. These characters! This story! Here is war and joy and terror and love and death and humor all mixed up, just as in life."-Anna Solomon
"A real Greek tragedy, full of wit, pathos, and poetry. I admit that I wept at the last page."-Dennis McFarland
Additional Book Details
|Release Date:||April 4, 2017|