Join us

Facebook
Twitter
Newsletter

Fotini Tsalikoglou

The Secret Sister

Fotini Tsalikoglou

The Secret Sister

2015, pp. 128, Paperback
ISBN: 9781609452452
Translated by: Mary Kitroeff
Region: Greece
Available as ebook Available as ebook Available as ebook
£ 8.99

The book

The past is never over. It isn’t even past.

For Jonathan, a third generation Greek American who has never set foot in his ancestral homeland, a journey to crisis ridden contemporary Greece will unleash a century of buried family secrets.

From the burning quay at Smyrna to present day Manhattan, the Argyriou family has been pursued by disaster. In the 1922 Greco-Turkish War, little Frosso and her sister Erasmia flee as Turkish soldiers descend on their village. Orphaned and destitute, the two girls have only each other to rely on as they scrape together a life in the immigrant slums around Athens. Eighteen years later, Europe is stewing and Frosso is offered a chance for a new life in America by her fiancé Menelaos. Compelled to leave by the impending war, Frosso boards the ship “New Greece” with a heavy heart, but before the ship reaches harbor her grief takes hold and Frosso throws herself into the ocean. A forlorn Menelaos returns to Greece and marries his beloved’s sister, Erasmia, and the couple eventually settles in New York. They bestow on their only daughter the haunted name of her departed aunt but the burden of family history ultimately destroys Frosso and compels her son Jonathan to uncover the shadowy history of the Argyriou family.

Fotini Tsalikoglou’s poetic, atmospheric novel explores the blurred line between history and memory. Psychologically complex and deeply moving, The Secret Sister is a brilliant mediation on the irrepressible need for people to tell stories.

The author

Fotini Tsalikoglou
Born in Athens, Greece, Fotini Tsalikoglou studied psychology at the University of Geneva. She is Professor of Psychology in Athens and the author of many celebrated novels published in Greece, including Eros Pharmakopoios, I Dreamed I Was Well, and I, Martha Freud. The Secret Sister is her English language debut. Email: fotini.tsalikoglou@gmail.com

Reviews

Books by region

  • Lena Divani

    Seven Lives and One Great Love

    2014, pp. 160, £ 9.99
    Sugar recounts his days and nights spent with Miss Sweetie in a novel that fits squarely into the illustrious tradition of feline literature a la...
  • Ioanna Karystiani

    Back to Delphi

    2013, pp. 320, £ 10.99
    This ambitious and magnificent work of literary fiction is a return to the origins of Greek tragedy, a story about guilt and innocence, about the monsters...
  • Ioanna Karystiani

    Swell

    2010, pp. 272, £ 13.99
    A sweeping saga about love and hope set in modern-day Greece, Swell is Karistiani’s most moving and gripping novel yet.

More suggestions

  • Andrea Camilleri

    The Sect of Angels

    2019, pp. 208, £ 12.99
    Based on a true story, Andrea Camilleri’s new novel tells the story of a turn-of-the-century Sicilian scandal that reveals a pandemic that is with...
  • Levan Berdzenishvili

    Sacred Darkness

    2019, pp. 240, £ 12.99
    Stories of dissent, resistance and survival from the Soviet gulags.
  • Ahmet Altan

    Like a Sword Wound

    2018, pp. 352, £ 12.99
    “A deeply compelling and immersive narrative about love, desire, loneliness and landscape.”—Elif Shafak
  • Andrea Camilleri

    The Sacco Gang

    2018, pp. 144, £ 9.99
    The Sacco Gang is not only a gripping Italian “western” but an indictment of the Mafia’s influence and the devastation it wreaks in people’s...
  • Nick Arvin

    Mad Boy

    2018, pp. 240, £ 11.99
    A rollicking, picaresque novel about family and perseverance set during America’s “forgotten war” of 1812.
  • Alessandro Barbero

    The Athenian Women

    2018, pp. 208, £ 11.99
    The Athenian Women offers a powerful vision of class struggle, the subjugation of women, and the courage needed to change the course of history.