How do we construct the story of ourselves and our countries? How do we know our histories, our memories, our identities? These are the questions that compelled Marianne Apostolides to ask her father about his childhood in wartime Greece. Her probing unleashed a torrent of stories he’d kept hidden, even from himself — stories about honour, bravery, vengeance and betrayal. The Lucky Child tells this tale with honesty and ambiguity. It is a novel that resonates with a deeper “truth”: the truth of our universal need to question and engage, to create our own meaning through shared story.
Praise for The Lucky Child:
The Lucky Child is “ exquisitely written…. a vibrant, multi-layered, image-rich book.”
—Gale Zoë Garnett, The Globe and Mail
“The Lucky Child immerses us deeply into the lives of the Apostolides family during World War II, and the subsequent Civil War in Greece. Subtle in its execution, clear in its vision, with a narrative that is both incisive and heartfelt, the novel provides an excellent opportunity for readers to witness the private and unfathomable cost of war, politics, and valour during one of the most troubling periods in modern Greek history. Its unanswered questions, both real and imagined, will haunt long after its final page is turned.”
“Much like her memorable characters, Apostolides’ prose pares the world down to bare essentials. We learn how to live and love and raise a family in wartime, and how to fight for country and ancestry when both are severely threatened.”
“The Lucky Child is a significant addition to the growing stock of literature by Greeks of the Diaspora and their descendants.”
—James Karas, The Greek Press