The Green Shore

Natalie Bakopoulos. Simon & Schuster, $25 (368p) ISBN 978-1-4516-3392-4
Bakopoulos debuts with a family drama and revolutionary romance set during the Greek military junta of 1967–1974. On the April night that the army stages its coup, 21-year-old Sophie is dancing at her leftist boyfriend Nick’s Athens apartment when soldiers barge in and arrest suspected student dissidents. Refusing to break contact with Nick and his fellow activists or abandon the liberal political convictions inherited from her family, Sophie sinks dangerously deeper into antijunta resistance. Meanwhile, her widowed mother, Eleni, faces possible trouble at the hospital where she works when the junta forbids treating torture victims. Eleni’s brother, a famous leftist poet who’s fought oppression before, has to gauge his response more carefully, since his family is at risk and an opportunity arises to reconnect with his estranged wife. Meanwhile, Sophie’s observant younger sister tries to understand the purpose of the struggle. Warm, engaging characters and a richly authentic Greek setting make for an engaging read with commercial appeal. And while some narrative threads are less taut than others, Bakopoulos’s juxtaposition of a historic conflict with the joys and trials of motherhood, the heedlessness of youth, and the durability of family ties is poignant and effective. Agent: Amy Williams, McCormick & Williams. (June)
Reviewed on: 05/21/2012
Release date: 06/05/2012
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Open Ebook - 352 pages - 978-1-4516-3395-5
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