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North of Ithaka

A Granddaughter Returns to Greece and Discovers Her Roots

Eleni N. Gage

St. Martin's Griffin

In North of Ithaka, Eleni Gage returns to the remote Greek village of Lia, where her father was born and her grandmother murdered, to rebuild the ruins of her namesake's home and come to terms with her family's tragic history. In doing so, she leaves behind a sparkling social life and successful career to continue the tale of a family and a place which her father, Nicholas Gage, made famous over twenty years ago with his international bestseller, Eleni. Along the way she survives humorous misadventures, absorbs fascinating folklore, and comes to understand that memories of the dead can bring new life to the present. Part travel memoir and part family saga, North of Ithaka is, above all, a journey home.

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North of Ithaka
ONERESTORATION<< e a a ds o .>>"EVERY BEGINNING IS DIFFICULT."My aunts said I'd be killed by Albanians and eaten by wolves. Of course, that only made me more determined to go. Determined, but a little wary. Maybe more than a little. It all started the weekend after Thanksgiving 2001."Lenitsa, you put on weight?" Thitsa Lilia asked as she cut into another sticky piece of pecan pie, untroubled by the fact that she currently weighed at least twice what I did. She was perfectly at ease with her appearance, if not mine, as she sat gossiping with her sisters. Three
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Praise for North of Ithaka

"A tale of homecoming and reconciliation, ‘North of Ithaka’ proves the regenerative powers of home."
--The New York Sun
 
"Gage's vivid personal account captures the seasonal rhythms and everyday dramas of Greek life beyond the familiar resort islands, revealing a place that is, in the most traditional sense, old-world."
--Travel & Leisure

"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

"Ms. Gage's house project is partly an effort to move beyond the pain of memory. . . honest. . . amusing. . .she treats tradition with respect and history with realism."
--Wall Street Journal

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Eleni N. Gage

  • ELENI N. GAGE is a freelance writer and the beauty editor of People magazine. Her articles have appeared in InStyle, Elle, The New York Times, Parade, American Scholar, and many other publications. She lives in New York City and Lia, Greece.
  • Eleni N. Gage Emily J. Hara
    Eleni N. Gage
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North of Ithaka

A Granddaughter Returns to Greece and Discovers Her Roots

Eleni N. Gage

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