From the internationally acclaimed author of The Island and The Return comes a sweeping and unforgettable story of love and friendship and the choices that must be made when loyalties are challenged.
Thessaloniki, Greece, 1917: As Dimitri Komninos is born, a fire sweeps through the thriving multicultural city where Christians, Jews, and Muslims live side by side. It is the first of many catastrophic events that will forever change this place and its people. Five years later, as the Turkish army pushes west through Asia Minor, young Katerina loses her mother in the crowd of refugees clambering for boats to Greece. Landing in Thessaloniki's harbor, she is at the mercy of strangers in an unknown city. For the next eighty years, the lives of Dimitri and Katerina will be entwined with each other and—through Nazi occupation, civil war, persecution, and economic collapse—with the story of their homeland.
Thessaloniki, Greece, 2007: A young Anglo-Greek hears his grandparents' remarkable story for the first time and understands he has a decision to make. For decades, Dimitri and Katerina have looked after the treasures of those who have been forced from their beloved city. Should he stay and become their new custodian?
It was a very good book, it kept your interest and you wanted to keep reading. I really liked the characters but there was something missing in this story. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
I only know their mythology. This book gave me more information about their history and culture. It's sad that harmony of living together with different race and religion, even... Read morePublished 3 days ago by booklover
This book puts you in the political and social landscape of Greece between WW1&2 and beyond in a personal way. It helps you understand the financial crisis of modern Greece.Published 11 days ago by susan harnden
Well researched book. A good easy read with an interesting history of Greece in the 20t century.Published 11 days ago by Peter J Stevens
This is a beautifully written book...I plan to read it again one day. The characters were so well written about ... suffice it to say that I loved this book!Published 11 days ago by J. levy
I thought this was a very heart felt novel, and it shares a lot of history. I am anxious to read other novels by Hisop!Published 15 days ago by Jan Benson