When Patricia, the Italian-American, marries Gregori, the "gorgeous" Greek, she spends almost two decades in a sometimes tragic, sometimes uproarious pursuit of 'Happily-Ever-After'. In a last-ditch effort to make their relationship work, Patricia moves with Gregori to Greece, where he insists he must be in order to be happy. Once there, she discovers that though she might not save her marriage, she just might save herself. We follow the narrator, as she describes in self-deprecating and side-splitting detail how growing up first-generation, blue-collar, Italian-American influenced her choice of mate, the naivete of her perceptions throughout their courtship, her hapless, yet hopeful years amongst her new Greek relatives, and her eventual self-actualization brought about by the intriguing time spent in her adopted country - Greece. With vivid descriptions of life in modern-day Greece, this memoir is both a tasty treat and an exhilarating sail on the Hellenic seas through xenophobia, dysfunctional family units, religious ravings, obsessive protocols, political disorder, European football, and fabulous food. As the Italians say, Buon Appetito! (Good Appetite!)
As the Greeks say, Kalo Taxidi! (Good Voyage!) Editorial Reviews From BitchBuzz.com Harlot's Sauce is titled A Memoir of Food, Family, Love, Loss and Greece, and that it certainly is. What's remarkable about this memoir and sets it apart from others in a similar vein is how much Greece herself becomes a character in the story. To borrow a tagline used with some regularity these days: there were three people in her marriage. The fact that one of them was a country makes it all even more interesting to read...Alexandra Roumbas Goldstein
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(216mm x 140mm x 16mm)
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