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By Patricia Storace
A brand new York instances awesome e-book of the Year
"Full of insights, marvelously unique . . . haunting and wonderfully written."
--The big apple evaluate of Books
"I lived in Athens, on the intersection of a prostitute and a saint." So starts Patricia Storace's spectacular memoir of her 12 months in Greece. blending affection with detachment, rapture with readability, this American poet completely inspires a rustic delicately balanced among East and West.
Whether she is examining Hellenic dream books, pop songs, and cleaning soap operas, describing breathtakingly attractive shorelines and archaic villages, or braving the overwhelm at a saint's tomb, Storace, winner of the Whiting Award, rewards the reader with expert and sensual insights into Greece's soul. She sees how the country's delight in its earlier coexists with profound doubts approximately its position within the glossy global. She discovers an international during which earlier and current have interaction in a passionate discussion. fashionable, humorous, and erudite, Dinner with Persephone is go back and forth writing increased to a very good art--and the simplest e-book of its style considering the fact that Henry Miller's The Colossus of Maroussi.
"Splendid. Storace's account of a 12 months in Greece combines prior and current, legend and truth, in an strange and pleasant complete. "
--Atlantic per thirty days
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