"Eleni Gage's prose, like the characters in her ancestral village in Greece, bursts with life. Warm, energetic, and ready for anything, Gage is just the sort of person anyone would want to visit---and when she welcomes you into her grandmother's house, her understanding of the porous boundary between comedy and tragedy grants you pleasure when you laugh and catharsis when you weep."
---Anne Fadiman, author of The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down
"A brilliant story at its heart ...an interesting saga of immigration, belonging, and community."
---The Observer (UK)
"Imbued with forgiveness, with the rebuilding of lives and houses, and moving on from tragedy...In coming full circle [Gage] has helped soothe the pain of a traumatized family."
---The Times Literary Supplement
"Through this moving family memoir, Gage allows us to be present at her rite of passage across that 'psychic barrier' from American to Greek, at the exorcism of a tragic past, and at the blessing of her reborn family house."
---The Sunday Times (UK)
"Part personal memoir, do-it-yourself-manual, historical novel, family saga, and tourist guide, North of Ithaka tells of Gage's attempt to put her cultural confusion to rest by exchanging the skyscrapers of New York for the mountaintops of her ancestral village."
---The List (Scotland)
"A fascinating portrait of a part of Greece seldom seen by tourists."
"North of Ithaka is a sort of cross between Captain Corelli's Mandolin and Driving Over Lemons . . . a monument to family history and an enthralling year spent in Lia."
---The Daily Telegraph (UK)
"A tale far removed from those popular villa-restoration comedies and abounds with setbacks, superstitions, love and the often suffocating bonds of heritage."
---The Australian News