The Green Shore

The Green Shore

Book - 2012 | 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed.
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Set in Athens and Paris, Natalie Bakopoulos's masterful debut paints a finely etched portrait of one family, whose heartbreaking stories of love and resistance play out against the backdrop of the late 1960s Greek military dictatorship.

  IN HER MASTERFUL DEBUT NOVEL, The Green Shore, award-winning writer NatalieBakopoulos vividly illuminates a seminal yet little-explored moment in Greek history: the 1967 military coup d'état, which ushered in a seven-year period of devastating brutality and repression.

Through lyrical prose of wisdom and sophistication, we follow the adventures of one family, whose stories of love and resistance play out against the backdrop of this turbulent period. Eleni, a widowed doctor, struggles with her lost sense of passion, both personal and political, in the face of this latest challenge to democracy. Her brother, Mihalis, an eccentric poet of some renown, finds himself keeping a low profile as he attempts to reconcile with his estranged wife. Eleni's daughter Sophie, a student of French literature, gets swept up in the resistance alongside her privileged, left-leaning boyfriend, while her youngest child, pensive Anna, watches events unfold with increasing anxiety. As the years pass and the dictatorship's oppressive rule continues unchallenged, their lives unfold in surprising ways, each seeking and finding love and fulfillment as they struggle to make their own peace with when to stay silent and when to act.

Set in Athens and Paris, The Green Shore is an ambitiously told and transporting literary tour de force that delves into a momentous episode in the history of a distant country. The stories of these unforgettable characters sear our hearts and make us understand not only this place, but also what it means to be human, in a new way.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2012.
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781451633924
1451633920
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 353 p. ; 25 cm.

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SnoIsleLib_DeniseD Jun 07, 2017

My favorite historical fiction revolves around convincing characters in vibrant (and well-researched) settings-- an elusive cocktail that transforms dry chronology into an unforgettable and informative narrative. The Green Shore succeeds on these fronts: sympathetic (mainly female), relatable characters facing familiar problems in an unfamiliar and distressing climate. I knew nothing about the 1967 military coup in Greece. Now I feel that I witnessed a small portion.

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