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The Making of Mrs Petrakis: a novel of one family and two countries

The Making of Mrs Petrakis: a novel of one family and two countries (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Karras, Mary

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Cyprus in the run up to the civil war of the 1970s... the threat of it hangs in the atmosphere like a fine mist. A terrible thing, war. Against this backdrop of war and violence, the island's inhabitants make the best they can of their lives, building friendships, falling in love..., having children, watching people die, making mistakes. Maria Petrakis, however, flees a brutal marriage on the island where she has always lived for London and a new start. She opens a bakery on Green Lanes in Harringay - the centre of the small Greek Cypriot community whose residents have settled there to escape the war and start again. Here she comes into her own as she heals and atones through the kneading of bread and the selling of shamali cakes and cinnamon pastries to her customers. There are glimpses of the lives of her neighbours, friends and customers as they buy their bread and cakes. There's Mrs Koutsouli, whose heart was broken when her handsome son married a xeni, an English woman with fish-eyes and yellow hair. There's Mrs Pantelis, driven half-mad with the grief of losing her son, Nico, in the war. And there's Mrs Vasili who claims to be related to Nana Mouskouri and grows her hair upwards so she can feel closer to God. Finally, there's Elena, Maria Petrakis' daughter-in-law, who has been suffering with the blackness since having a baby, and whom nobody knows quite how to help. The Making Of Mrs Petrakis is a story about the limited choices women sometimes find themselves confronting. It's a story about repression and mental illness and the devastation it can wreak on lives. But above all, it is a story of motherhood and love and of healing through the humble act of baking.
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ISBN 9781529344943
Released NZ 11 May 2021
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781529344943
Stock Available
Status In-stock at publisher; ships 7-14 working days
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton
Imprint Two Roads
Released 11 May 2021
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
 › 1 other possible formats available
Author(s) By Karras, Mary
Category Modern Fiction
Immigration & Emigration
Cakes, Baking, Icing & Sugarcraft
Number of Pages 368
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 234mm
Spine: 30mm
Dewey Code Not specified
Weight 440g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade;College/higher education;Professional and scholarly

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