Title: My Last Lament
Author: James William Brown
Stars: 4 1\2 Stars out of 5
While a work of fiction I am sure that it closely recreates what occurred in Greece during and after WWII. It is a story about hardship, loss and hope. The author is able to make the reader feel they are living at that time and observing the events from the sidelines.
I have rated this book at 4.5 stars and recommend it for anyone who enjoys a good drama.
I received an ARC from Netgalley for my unbiased review.
Thank you Frank for your Review
A poignant and evocative novel of one Greek woman's story of her own and her nation's epic struggle in the aftermath of World War II.
Aliki is one of the last of her kind, a lamenter who mourns and celebrates the passing of life. She is part of an evolving Greece, one moving steadily away from its rural traditions. To capture the fading folk art of lamenting, an American researcher asks Aliki to record her laments, but in response, Aliki sings her own story...
It begins in a village in northeast Greece, where Aliki witnesses the occupying Nazi soldiers execute her father for stealing squash. Taken in by her friend Takis's mother, Aliki is joined by a Jewish refugee and her son, Stelios. When the village is torched and its people massacred, Aliki, Takis and Stelios are able to escape just as the war is ending.
Fleeing across the chaotic landscape of a post-war Greece, the three become a makeshift family. They are bound by friendship and grief, but torn apart by betrayal, madness and heartbreak.
Through Aliki's powerful voice, an unforgettable one that blends light and dark with wry humor, My Last Lament delivers a fitting eulogy to a way of life and provides a vivid portrait of a timeless Greek woman, whose story of love and loss is an eternal one.
Expected publication: March 1st 2017 by Berkley Books